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Titans then and now

By Debra Dobbins

Greek mythology is full of larger-than-life figures, which is one reason it continues to fascinate us. To give a few examples, there was Heracles (Hercules to the Romans), who performed 12 incredible labors, and there was Atlas, who held the heavens on his shoulders,

Atlas was the son of Iapetus, one of 12 gigantic gods called Titans who descended from Gaia and Uranus, the earliest rulers of the universe.

The story of the Titans reminds us that family feuds go way back. They were overthrown by the next generation, the Olympians, led by Zeus. The Olympians apparently did their best to rid the universe of the Titans and some of their offspring, but a few, such as Prometheus and Atlas, managed to survive.

The Titans were known for their colossal size and power. Hence, the word “titan” has been used for a legendary ship (the RMS Titanic), the largest of Saturn’s satellites, U.S. space missiles and, lest we forget, the Tennessee Titans. You may read about Mike Munchak, this football team's new coach, in today’s print edition or e-edition.

Illustration courtesy of Wikipedia

photo of the last Titan missile launched (in 2005) courtesy of Wikipedia

As promised yesterday, here are the action verbs in the captions of the Super Bowl photos: await; sacks and earned; and hugs. (In the Zombo photo caption, "was" is also a verb, but it is a linking verb.)

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