Cronus' Harpe

Title

Cronus' Harpe

Subject

Weaponry

Description

This Harpe sword was the weapon used by the titan Cronus to castrate his father, Uranus.
Cronus’ Harpe has an Adamantine (Diamond) blade, and was provided to a then-unborn Cronus by his mother, Gaia. Gaia, who was being prevented from giving birth to the continually growing number of children Uranus was implanting her with, asked each of her unborn children to rise up against Uranus and free her, but was refused by all but the youngest, Cronus. When Cronus leapt out and castrated his father, the Harpe became a symbol of his power.

Perseus used a similar weapon to decapitate Medusa.

Creator

Unknown

Contributor

Ashley Rieger

Type

Myth

Files

harpe.jpg

Collection

Citation

Unknown, “Cronus' Harpe,” The Museum of Fictional Literary Artifacts, accessed June 26, 2022, https://mfla.omeka.net/items/show/117.