When Cronus learned that his descendants would one day overthrow him, he endeavoured to swallow all of his children except for Zeus, whom his mother Rhea had replaced with a rock. The Titan's youngest son later returned to poison him, forcing him to disgorge his progeny, which included Hera, Hades and Poseidon. Then as prophesised, Zeus and his siblings defeated him in a series of battles called the Titanomachy, winning dominion over the universe. The Olympians shared their newly-won kingdom among themselves, with Zeus inheriting the throne.
At the start of the Trojan War, the ruler of the gods attempted to remain neutral even though he favoured Troy, whom he felt offered him worthier sacrifices. As the conflict developed, however, he was swayed by Athena and Hera, taking the side of the Achaeans and allowing his fellow deities to enter the fray and precipitate the fall of the mighty city-state.₋₋₋[sic]
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