In Greek mythology the terrible and powerful Titans were those deities which preceded the Olympian gods. Never worshipped as the other gods, they nevertheless helped, through contrast, to clarify the position in the universe of the Olympian gods who defeated the unruly and chaotic Titans in the Titanomachy. Indeed, the very name Titan signifies 'Strainers', referencing their constant struggle against the order of things. Following this clash between the two generations of gods, Zeus imprisoned the Titans in Tartarus, the deepest part of the Underworld and established order in the universe.

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