Most people would assume it’s Zeus, King of the Gods. Quite the opposite. Zeus is actually the youngest god, the last son of Kronos and his wife (and sister) Rhea, in the order – Hestia(Goddess of Hearth), Hades (God of the Underworld), Demeter (Goddess of Agriculture), Poseidon (God of the Oceans and Seas), Hera (Goddess of Marriage) and Zeus.
The oldest Olympian of the twelve Olympians is … wait for it … Aphrodite (Goddess of love). The myth of her birth goes like this :
After Kronos was born, he quietly observed how Ouranos‘s love for his mother Gaia diminished until it was just a process of producing offspring for him. He looked on as Gaia felt lonely and vindictive. Together, slowly but precisely, Mother and Son plotted revenge against Ouranos. Kronos found a sturdy piece of wood and sharpened it into the shape of a scythe, which was what his future weapon would eventually be based upon.
One evening, when his Father was snoring away after a fight with Gaia, Kronos crept upto him with his new-found weapon. He looked upon his Ouranos‘s peaceful face, unaware of the danger he was in. Kronos immediately felt his hatred for his Father rise and took a well-aimed swipe at Ouranos‘s groin. He jerked, but didn’t wake. Kronos took another swipe and the damage was done.
Ouranos‘s eyes shot open; his hands clutched his groin and found the pulsing black and red stub. The scream that followed shook the Earth itself, screaming for what was now gone. While Kronos fled away with his prize towards the shore, Ouranos cursed his youngest son, which would forever haunt Kronos for the remainder of his days, that He would be betrayed by his children and be overthrown in the same way.
Kronos immediately felt sick of the object in his hand and ashamed of himself. He threw the item into the ocean, where it fizzed all of a sudden. It continued bubbling away for a long time and, when no one was around, out of the bubbles rose the beautiful Aphrodite. Eros (who is now commonly known around the world as Cupid, his Roman equal) became her servant and she, the Goddess of Love.
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