Ouranos (Uranus, in the Romans) personified the sky. The Greeks imagined the sky as a brass dome, decorated with stars, whose edges rested on the outer limit of the earth’s flat disc.
Ouranos according to Asahi
According to Hesiod’s Theogony, Ouranos was the son of Gaia (Mother Earth) who joined him to generate the Titans, the Cyclopes, the Giant, and a large number of divinities.
§ 1. Ouranos, or Heaven, ruled the world first; having married Gaia (the Earth), he first had those who are called Briareus, Gyes, and Cottos. They each had a hundred arms and fifty heads, and their strength and greatness made them invincible.
§ 2. he then had from Gaia the Cyclops, Arges, Brontes, and Steropes, each of whom had only one eye in the middle of his forehead. Ouranos, having chained all his first children together, threw them into Tartarus, which is a dark place in the underworld, as far from the earth as the earth is from Heaven.
§ 3 He then had other sons, called Titans, namely, Ocean, Coeos, Hyperion, Crius, Iapetus, and Cronos, the last of all; and daughters called the Titanides, who were Tethys, Rhea, Themis, Mnemosyne, Phoebe, Dione, and Thya. Gaia, irritated by the loss of those of her children whom Ouranos had thrown into Tartarus, urged the Titans to revolt against him, and she armed Cronos with a diamond scythe to this effect. The Titans, with the exception of Ocean, having risen up against their father, Cronos cut off his genitals and threw them into the sea. From the drops of blood that fell, the three Erinyes, Alecto, Tisiphone and Megere were born. Then they drove him out of the throne, gave him to Cronos, and called back their brothers who were in Tartarus.
But hating his children, he rejected them into the womb of their mother, the suffocating Earth. According to Apollodorus he threw his revolted children into Tartarus, a dark place in the underworld, which was as far from the earth as the earth is from heaven; if an anvil were thrown in, it would take her nine days and nine nights to reach the bottom.
And, first, Gaia gave birth to her equal in size, the Star Ouranos, so that he would cover it all and make it a safe dwelling for the happy Gods. And then it gives birth to the high mountains, fresh retreats from the divine Nymphs that inhabit the mountains cut off by gorges, and then the barren sea that boils furious, Pontos; but for that, not having united in love. And then, united to Ouranos: she gives birth to Ocean with deep whirlpools, and Coeos, and Crios, and Crios, and Hyperion, and Japet, and Japet, and Theia, and Rhea, and Themis, and Mnemosyne, and Phoebe crowned with gold, and the kind Tethys. And the last one she gave birth to was the subtle Kronos, the most terrible of her children, who hated her strong father. And she also gave birth to the Cyclops with violent hearts, Brontes, Steropes and the brave Arges, who brought Zeus the thunder and forged the lightning. And in all, they were similar to the other Gods, but they had a unique eye in the middle of the fact. And they were called Cyclops because, in the middle of the forehead, a single, circular eye was opened. And vigor, strength, and power burst forth in their work. And then, from Gaia and Ouranos were born three other sons, great, very strong, horrible to name, Cottos, Briareus and Gyges, a superb race. And a hundred arms stiffened with their shoulders, and each of them had fifty heads rising from their backs above their strong limbs. And their strength was immense, invincible, in their great size. Of all the children born to Gaia and Ouranos, they were the most powerful. And they were obnoxious to their father from the beginning. And as they were born one after the other, he buried them, depriving them of light, in the depths of the earth. And he rejoiced in this evil action, and the great Gaia moaned in herself, full of pain. Then she conceived an evil and artificial design.
To get revenge, Gaia persuaded the Titans to attack their father and so they did, under the guidance of Cronos, the youngest of the seven, whom she armed with a carefully sharpened flint sickle. They surprised Ouranos in his sleep, and it was with the sickle that the ruthless Cronos chased him; then he grabbed the genitals of his left hand (which has always since then been a bad omen), and threw them, as well as the sickle into the sea near Cape Drepanon (which means sickle).
The Bolineus River is at a mediocre distance from the ruins of Argyria, and on its bank was once the city of Boline. It is said that a young girl by that name, seeing Apollo in love with her, threw herself into the sea to avoid her pursuits and that the God touched by her misfortune called her to life and made her immortal. You will then find a promontory that advances into this sea. It is said that Saturn threw there the scythe with which he had mutilated his father in Heaven; that is why this promontory was given the name Drepanum. A little above the great road you will see the ruins of Rhybes, and you will not have made thirty stadiums that you will be in Egium; this country is watered by two rivers, the Phoenix and the Meganite which both will fall into the sea below Egium.
Drops of blood flowing from the wound fell on Mother Earth and she gave birth to the three Erinyes.
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Some authors like Hesiod also give birth to Aphrodite from this mutilation but according to Homer Aphrodite is the daughter of Zeus and Dione.
Ouranos mutilated by Cronos de Giorgio VASARI © Palazzo Vecchio in Florence
Then the Titans released the Cyclops of Tartarus and entrusted the sovereignty of the land to Cronos. But Cronos was not rather master of the supreme power than he relegated the Cyclops back to Tartarus with the giants with a hundred arms, and, taking his sister Rhea as his wife, he ruled Olympus.
The Greeks did not worship in Ouranos.