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MYTH BLAST


In the old days, at the Dawn of Time, mythology says that after the Titans, the Giants came to fight the Olympian gods. Hesiod in "Theogony" writes about the Giants being born from the body of the Earth when blood dripped on it from the castration of Uranus by Cronus. Gaia wanted revenge for the lost Titans and persuaded the Giants to question the power of the almighty Zeus.

There are many theories of their origins, as well as many of their races. One of them states that the Giant Thracians were born on the western peninsula of Halkidiki, exactly where we are now, in Pallini. In any case, their relationship with Gaia is a given. Let's take a look at their names: Enceladus (roar from the bowels of the earth), Pallas (the one who pulsates like the Earth), Chthonius (the one who comes from the earth) are some of the names of the Giants that identified their existence with Gaia (Earth).

Finally, the gods allied with Hercules, defeated the Giants after a great battle and put an end to the questioning of their sovereignty...

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MEET THE GIANTS

Agasthenis

According to a legend, he helped Rhea give birth to little Zeus. Later, Zeus in order to thank him, he made him king of Troy. Agasthenis was seduced by the other giants and Mother Earth (Gaia) and fought against the gods.
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Agrios

According to Apollodorus, he was killed in the Gigantomachy by the Fates (Klotho, Lachesis and Atropos). Another legend says that he was half human and half bear.
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Alcyoneus

He was one of the strongest giants. He lived in Pallini and the legend says that a giant who lives in the place where he was born remains immortal. Hercules managed to drag him away from Pallini and killed him with an arrow.
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Alpos

He was the son of Gaia and lived on Mount Peloro, in Sicily. A hunderd echidnas covered his hair and his height reached the sun and the moon. He was killed by the god Dionysus in the Gigantomachy.
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Astraeus

He was the son of Gaia and was killed by the goddess Athena.

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Damasis

One of the lesser known Giants. He is not mentioned by Homer or Apollodorus but by the important Greek poet of the 5th AD. century, Nonnos, in his work "Dionysian".
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Emphitos

Son of Gaia and Tartarus.He is mentioned by the Roman poet and writer Gaius Julius Hyginus (64 BC - 17 AD) in his work "Fabulae".
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Enceladus

One of the mightiest Giants, son of Tartarus and Gaia. He fought in the Gigantomachy and was chased by the goddess Athena who managed to kill him. Mythology says that Athena burried him under Mount Etna in Sicily and every time he gets angry, the volcano lights up. "Enceladus" in Greek means earthquake (scientific terminology).
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Ephialtes

A Giant who was born and lived in Pallini, so he was Immortal, as long as he lived there. Hercules managed to pull him away and kill him with the help of the god Apollo.
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Evios

He fought in the Gigantomachy and was seriously wounded. Legend says that Zeus took pity on him and transformed him into a huge rock located in the north side of the Evia Island, in central Greece.
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Ephorvos

His name was found in Athenian black-figure and red-figure amphora of the 6th and 5th century BC. representing the Gigantomahy.
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Evrialos

His name was found in Athenian black-figure and red-figure amphora of the 6th and 5th century BC. representing the Gigantomahy.
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Eurymedon

He was the king of the Giants and father of Prometheus. Zeus hated him a lot and killed him during the Gigantomachy. Zeus' revenge ended when he tortured Prometheus for offering fire to humans.
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Evrytos

He was killed in the Gigantomachy by the god Dionysus, who touched him with his ivy staff.
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Gration

He was killed in the Gigantomachy by the goddess Artemis.
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Hippolytus

He was killed in the Gigantomachy by the goddess Artemis.

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Hopladamus

He was one of the Giants who helped Rhea give birth to Zeus safely, away from the threat of Cronus.
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Hypervios

One of the most powerful and violent giants, as his name suggests in greek.
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Chthonius

He was one of the first Giants to follow Gaia in the battle against the Gods. He was killed by the god Dionysus.
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Clytius

Hecate killed him in the Gigantomachy, burning him with her torches.

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Mimas

Apollodorus says that Hephaestus killed Mimas. Euripides writes that Mimas was burned when Zeus struck him with a lightning. Mythology claims that Mimas is buried under the island of Prosida, in the Gulf of Naples, Italy.
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Pancratis

His name was found in Athenian black-figure and red-figure amphora of the 6th and 5th century BC. representing the Gigantomahy.
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Pallas

According to legend, Pallas tried to rape Athena and she killed him. Then the goddess skinned him and used his skin as a shield.

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Pelorus

He was killed by the god Ares (Mars) during the Gigantomachy.

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Polybotes

According to Apollodorus, Poseidon killed him by throwing him a part of the island of Kos. This piece in our days is the island of Nisyros, under which the giant is buried.

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Porphyrion

According to Apollodorus, he was among the greatest of the Giants. He attacked Heracles and Hera but Zeus smote him with a thunderbolt, and Hercules shot him dead with an arrow.

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Theodamas

A Giant we don't know much about. He is mentioned by the Roman poet and writer Gaius Julius Hyginus (64 BC - 17 AD) in his work "Fabulae".

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Theomisis

A Giant we don't know much about. He is mentioned by the Roman poet and writer Gaius Julius Hyginus (64 BC - 17 AD) in his work "Fabulae".

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Thoon

According to Apollodorus, he was killed by the Fates during the Gigantomachy.

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Aristaeus

According to Byzantine manuscripts, he is the only Giant who survived the battle against the gods of Olympus.

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Orion

According to mythology he was the most beautiful of the Giants and could walk on the sea. The goddess Artemis killed him and Zeus took pity on him and transformed him into a constellation: the constellation of Orion.

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Otos

Along with Ephialtes, they are also known as Aloades, the sons of Aloeas. Legend has it that he is buried on the island of Naxos.

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Lion

Giant in the form of a lion represented in a Gigantomachy frieze in the Pergamon Altar, Pergamon Museum, Berlin. Hercules killed him and made an armor from his skin.

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Typhon

He was the child of Gaia and Tartarus. After the Gigantomachy, he climbed Mount Olympus to avenge Zeus for the death of the Giants. According to mythology he was awesome in appearance, he had 100 bodies and tremendous strength. The gods fled to Egypt to surive. Only the goddess Athena was left behind to confront him. Finally, Zeus defeated him by throwing countless thunderbolts against him. Pindar says that Typhon is buried under Mount Etna in Sicily.
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