Titans in popular culture

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Gustave Doré's illustrations to Dante's Inferno, Plate LXV: Canto XXXI: The titans and giants

The familiar name and large size of the Titans have made them dramatic figures suited to market-oriented popular culture.


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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Titans</span> Order of divine beings in Greek mythology

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Titanomachy</span> Ancient Greek mythic war

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cronus</span> Ruler of the Titans in Greek mythology

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