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Kronos (Saturn) - Bad Kids

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Bad Kids

These kids are always in detention: it seems like no matter what they do, they end up irritating a teacher and getting sent to the principal's office. Kronos spent a bunch of his time in Tartarus for eating his own children—that's about as bad as it gets. But are the bad kids really as bad as they seem? Do they really deserve the punishments they get? You'll just have to Shmoop forward to find out.


Atlas was one of Kronos's Titans who helped him fight the fight against Zeus. Just like Kronos, Atlas got in mad trouble after the War of the Titans was over. But instead of getting thrown into Tatarus like Kronos and the rest of the Titans, Atlas was forced to hold up the sky for all eternity. Hmmm. Who got the better end of the stick?


Atlas's brother Prometheus also had to put up with a seriously nasty punishment from Zeus. Even though Prometheus sided with Zeus during the War of the Titans, he later did something just awful: he taught mankind the secret of fire. Gasp! Fire?! Oh wait, that doesn't actually sound like a bad thing. Unfortunately, Zeus wasn't psyched about it. And for the offense, Prometheus was bound to a rock where birds came every day to feast on his liver. Each night, his liver would regenerate so that the birds would have a tasty snack for the next day.


In Norse mythology, the trickster god Loki managed to make all the other gods angry by helping to cause the death of Balder—and by insulting the other gods to boot. For that, he is tied to a rock while a snake drips burning venom on his face. Ouch. His torment is eased a bit by his wife, Sigyn, who catches most of the venom in a bowl. But when the bowl gets full, she empties it, and Loki can't help but get a face full of venom. For the whole scoop, see what Shmoop has to say. In a way, Loki's torment is like a combination of Prometheus', who was tied to a rock, and Atlas', who some say was also tormented by a snake or dragon.


Satan is the main adversary of God in Christianity. There is a mountain of stories and conflicting opinions about the particulars of this evil deity. One widely accepted story is that he was once a chief angel of God, but that he became dissatisfied and led a rebellion against the big guy. After Satan was defeated, he and the other rebel angels were cast out of Heaven. Now, Satan spends most of his time tempting people away from God.

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