Rhea was the Mother of the Olympian Gods
Rhea giving Cronus a huge rock to swallow, wrapped in swaddling clothes instead of Zeus. Museo Capitolino, Rome, Italy
Family of Rhea
Rhea was the mother of the Olympian Gods and the wife of her own brother Cronus. From the union of Rhea and Cronus, six children were created, who would later on become Olympian gods. Their names were Hera, Demeter, Hestia, Poseidon, Hades and Zeus.
The famous Trick of Rhea
Cronus envied his own children ever since they were born and decided to swallow them one by one in order to ensure his throne. However, Rhea wanted to at least save their last child, Zeus, so she deceived Cronus by giving him a huge rock to swallow.
Subsequently, Zeus succeeded in rescuing his brothers and sisters. Together, they started a battle against the Titans, overthrowing them successfully. All of Rhea's children finally became Superior Deities and moved to their new palace on Mount Olympus.