). A son of Uranus and Gaea, and one of the
Titans. According to the Theogony
(v. 507 foll.), he married
Clymené, a daughter of Oceanus, by whom he became the father of four sons, Atlas,
Menoetius, Prometheus, and Epimetheus. Some authorities made him to have married Aethra,
others Asia, others again Libya: the last two refer to the abodes of Prometheus and Atlas. He
was thrown into Tartarus for rebelling against Zeus. (See Hom.
Il. viii. 479
, and the article Titanes
.) The Greeks regarded him as the ancestor of the human race. (See Prometheus
.) His descendants are often designated as
Iapetidae and Iapetionidae.