The Giants and the Greek gods – Greek Myths and Legends

The Giants and the Greek gods. In Greek and Roman Mythology, the Giants, also called Gigantes were a race of great strength and aggression, though not necessarily of great size, known for the Gigantomachy, their battle with the Olympian gods. According to Hesiod, the Giants were the offspring of Gaia (Earth) born from the blood that fell when Uranus (Sky) was castrated by his Titan son Cronus. Archaic and Classical representations show Gigantes as man-sized hoplites (heavily armed ancient Greek foot soldiers) fully human in form. Later representations (after 380 B C) show Gigantes with snakes for legs. From the information gathered this could have multiple meanings for example: Spiritual adepts or Hybrids created by the serpent race. This is how you would depict a hybrid being in the ancient world. In later traditions, the Giants were often confused with other opponents of the Olympians, particularly the Titans, an earlier generation of large and powerful children of Gaia and Uranus. The vanquished Giants were said to be buried under volcanoes, and to be the cause of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. The name “Gigantes” is usually taken to imply “earth-born”, and Hesiod’s Theogony makes this explicit by having the Giants be the offspring of Gaia. According to Hesiod, Gaia, mating with Uranus, bore many children: the first generation of Titans, the Cyclops and the Hundred-Handers. Please watch the video for more information on the Greek Giants and their battle with gods or visit the channel page for many more Giants from other cultures here at mythology explored by ANCIENT MYSTERY on Youtube.

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Aion_mosaic_Glyptothek_Munich_W504-public domain-
Annibale_Carracci,_The_Cyclops_Polyphemus-United States public domain tag-
Bayeu_y_Subias,_Francisco_-_Olympus,_The_Fall_of_the_Giants_-_1764-United States public domain tag-
Consantin_Hansen_Prométhée-United States public domain tag-
Departure_of_Ulysses_from_the_Land_of_the_Pheacians-United States public domain tag-
Detail of the Gigantomachy, Great Altar of Zeus, Pergamon,… _ Flickr-cca by 2.0-by-Lucas-
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The_Mutiliation_of_Uranus_by_Saturn-United States public domain tag-
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