The Gigantes

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The myths and legends surrounding the mythical Gigantes, the great giants who fought the Olympians

Discover the legends and myths of ancient Greece and one hundred giants called Gigantes who fought the Olympians, led by Zeus and Hercules, in classical mythology. The Battle of the Giants is called the Gigantomachy from the Greek words 'gigas' meaning Giant and 'makhe' meaning battle.

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Gaia and the Gigantes
Who were the Gigantes? Definition of Gigantes: The Gigantes were a tribe of 100 giants who were the offspring of Gaia, the primordial goddess of Earth. The Gigantes, or giants, were born of the blood that spilled onto Gaia when Cronus castrated his father Uranus.
Gaia was the Greek version of "Mother Nature" or the Earth Mother and she was also the mother of the Titans. The mythological Titans were the predecessors of the Olympian gods.

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Gaia was indignant at the fate of the Titans and their defeat at the hands of the Olympians and their leader, Zeus. The Gigantes (Giants) were angry with Zeus because he had established laws that they refused to obey. The Gigantes (Giants) treated humans with contempt and because of their superior size and strength had enslaved many mortals.

The giant race of Titans

Gaia encouraged the Gigantes to rebel against the Olympians and at the instigation of Gaia they made war on the gods of Mount Olympus.

In Greek mythology and legend the war would be referred to as the Battle of the Giants or the Gigantomachy, some call the battle the Revenge of the Titans.

Gaia - primordial greek goddess

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What did the Gigantes (Giants) look like?
The Gigantes (Giants) were monstrous giants, mythical beings of human form but superhuman size and strength. The Gigantes (Giants) were terrifying in appearance, with long hair that swept down from their heads with long unkempt beards.
As the myths and legends of this race of giants were re-told their descriptions were embellished to become more monstrous and there were tales that they had serpent-scales covering their lower limbs.
In ancient sculptures and mosaics they are therefore often portrayed with the tails of serpents instead of legs. Their exaggerated appearance with the serpents as legs is illustrated in the picture of a mythological Gigantes.

Picture of a Gigantes (Mythical Giants)

The Gigantes - The Battle of the Giants (The Gigantomachy)
There were 100 giants in the tribe of Gigantes and, according to Greek Mythology, twenty-four Gigantes rose in rebellion against the Greek gods of Olympia. The leaders of the Gigantes (Giants) were called Alcyoneus and Porphyrion. They developed a plan to attack the Olympians on Mount Olympus. They did not have the power of flight but their superhuman strength would allow them to stack the mountain ranges of Thessaly, Pelion, and Ossa on top of each other to reach the home of the Olympian gods. The Olympians were warned in the prophecy of Hera that the that Olympian gods would only be victorious if the son of a mortal mother participated in the battle. Taking heed of the prophecy Zeus called upon his favorite son, the demigod Heracles (Hercules) (Hercules) to join the gods in the battle. Heracles (Hercules) (Hercules) agreed and during the battle killed Alcyoneus. The Battle of the Giants was said to have taken place on the Plain of Phlegra. The Olympian gods won a great victory over the monstrous Gigantes (Giants). The legends and myths surrounding the Gigantes concludes with a story of their burial. The Gigantes were buried by the Olympian gods beneath the earth, where their writhing was said to cause volcanic activity and earthquakes. Details of the names of the Gigantes who fought in the Battle of the Giants (the Gigantomachy) are detailed below.

Gigantomachy - Battle of the Giants

The Gigantes - The Gigantomachy
Battle of the Giants against the Olympian gods

The Names of the Gigantes who fought in the Gigantomachy
The names of the Gigantes (Giants) that fought in the Gigantomachy and their relationships to the gods and goddesses who fought in the Battle of the Giants or Gigantes are detailed in the chart.

Names of Gigantes in the Battle of the Giants

AlcyoneusAlcyoneus was one of the leaders and strongest of the Gigantes who was killed by his grandnephew, Heracles (Hercules).
AgasthenesAgasthenes was one of the 24 Gigantes who fought against the Olypians
AgriosAgrios was clubbed to death by his three nieces, the Fates, with clubs made of of bronze.
ClytiusClytius was killed by his niece Hecate with flaming torches.
DamysosDamysos was the swiftest of the giants legend tells that the skin from his foot was placed on the heel of Achilles
EnceladusEnceladus was crushed by his grandniece, Athena, and buried beneath Mount Etna
EphialtesEphialtes of the Aloadae was killed with the arrows of his grandnephews Apollo and Heracles (Hercules)
EurytusEurytus was killed by grandnephew Dionysus with his pine-cone tipped long staff called a thyrsos.
GrationGration was killed by his grandniece, the goddess Artemis with her arrows.
LeonLeon was the lion headed Gigantes (giant) killed by Heracles (Hercules)
MimasMimas was killed by grandnephew Hephaestus with a torrent of molten iron
Otus of the Aloadae Otus of the Aloadae was Shot by grandnephews Apollo and Heracles (Hercules) with arrows
PallasKilled by grandniece Athena who made a shield with his gooat skin cloak
PelorusPelorus was a mighty Gigantes who was killed by the god Ares
PolybotesPolybotes was crushed by his nephew the god Poseidon beneath a rock on the island of Kos.
PorphyrionOne of the leaders of the Gigantes who attempted to rape the goddess Hera. His nephew Zeus struck him with lightning bolts and he was finally slain with an arrow by his grandnephew Heracles (Hercules).

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