The sun, so called by Ovid and Virgil.
And fleckëd Darkness like a drunkard reels From forth Day's path and Titan's flery wheels.
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, ii. 3.
The children of Heaven and Earth, who, instigated by their mother, deposed their father, and liberated from Tartaros their brothers the Hundred-handed giants, and the Cyclopes. (Classic mythology
Titan's War with Jove
). The Titans set their brother Cronos on the throne of heaven: and Zeus [Zuce
] tried to dethrone him. The contest lasted ten years, when Zeus became the conqueror and hurled the Titans into hell.
This must not be confounded with the war of the giants, which was a revolt against Zeus, and was soon put down by the help of the other gods and the aid of Hercules. (See Giants.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894