Sinrus wrote:Yes, but we're talking about Greek mythology. Generational is pretty huge. I mean seriously, Pegasus was born from Medusa's dead body.
Really simply ask yourself this, what is the difference between a titan and a greek god?
I mean without bringing up the generational difference, can you come up with a definition for "god" that would include the greek gods, but not include the titans. in either case you are talking about some kind of powerful deity. in fact, looking around it seems rather commonplace to refer to the titans as the "elder gods"... As far as i can see, the only reason they had different names was so that the greeks would have an easier time differentiating between the two pantheons... any gods who sided were Zeus were the Olympians, and any gods who side with the titans were titans... frankly i think there is no reason to say the titans were not gods; the term "titan" seems like it was nothing more than a name
It's alot more complicated than that, actually. They weren't simplifying anything: the family tree of the Greek Gods would make a geneaologist cringe (and they were, in fact, one Pantheon). In fact, Hesiod wrote his Theogony just to sort the whole thing out, because it was so complex. The waters were only further muddied by the later poets who came after him, but his was the main foundation of the Mythology to follow.
But do keep in mind, the ancient Greeks did NOT think of the groups as "Titans" and "Gods". They thought of them as "Theoi Titantes" (or "Straining Gods", named such for their castration of Ouranos) and the Theoi Olympios (or Gods of Olympios). So they did IN FACT refer to BOTH groups as "gods". It is only a modern popular confusion
that separates the words "titan" and "god", because the greeks used them quite literally side-by-side. Theoi Titantes.
Remember, Hades is commonly referred to as a Greek God, but he was not
and Olympian, either. Many greek gods were not, in fact, one of the twelve olympians (the Dodekatheoi).