Greek Giants – Geryon – Greek Myths and Legends

The Greek Giants, Geryon. One of the Giants, Geryon from Greek mythology is the grandson of Medusa and the nephew of Pegasus, Geryon was a fearsome Giant who dwelt on the island, Erytheia of the mythic Hesperides, in the far west of the Mediterranean. A more literal-minded later generation of Greeks associated the region with Tartessos in southern Iberia. Geryon was often described as a monster with human faces. According to Hesiod, Geryon had one body and three heads, whereas the tradition followed by Aeschylus gave him three bodies. A lost description by, Stesichoros, said that he has six hands and six feet and is winged there are some mid-sixth-century Chalcidian vases portraying Geryon as winged. Some accounts state that he had six legs as well while others state that the three bodies were joined to one pair of legs. There are many Giants from with mutant-like features found all over the world. Apart from these bizarre features, his appearance was that of a warrior. Geryon owned a two-headed hound named Orthrus, which was the brother of Cerberus, a herd of magnificent red cattle that were guarded by Orthrus, and a herder Eurytion, son of Erytheia Geryon is in The Tenth Labour of Heracles. In the fullest account in the Bibliotheke of Pseudo-Apollodorus, Heracles was required to travel to Erytheia, in order to obtain the Cattle of Geryon, as his tenth labor. On the way there, he crossed the Libyan desert and became so frustrated at the heat that he shot an arrow at Helios, the Sun. Helios “in admiration of his courage” gave Heracles the golden chariot he used to sail across the sea from west to east each night. Heracles used it to reach Erytheia, a favorite motif of the vase-painters. Such a magical conveyance undercuts any literal geography for Erytheia, the “red island” of the sunset.

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