ACADEMIC AMERICAN ENCYCLOPEDIA URANUS (MYTHOLOGY) In Greek mythology, Uranus represented the sky or heaven. He was both the son and husband of GAEA, the earth, by whom he fathered first the hundred-handed giants and the CYCLOPES, whom he banished to Tartarus, and later the TITANS. Gaea, angry because her children were imprisoned, set the Titans against Uranus. CRONUS, their leader, castrated Uranus and succeeded him as ruler of the universe. According to Hesiod's Theogony APHRODITE was born of the foam of Uranus's discarded genitals as they fell in the sea. Blood falling from the wound on earth engendered the FURIES. 
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