29 May 2008

THURSDAY THIRTEEN - GREEK GIANTS

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As I am preparing my post about my roundtrip through Greece, I often stumble upon the Greek mythology and find horrible creatures ! Here for example are 13 Giants. I only can say that the Greeks had action in the past ! Father eat his children, giants throw mountains at each other etc.etc.

13 horrible Giants of the Greek mythology

1. AGRIUS (Agrios) A man-eating Thracian giant who was half man and half bear.

2. ALOADAE (Aloidai) Twin giants who attempted to storm heaven by piling mountains one upon the other.

3. ARGOS PANOPTES A hundred-eyed giant who was set by Hera to guard the maiden Io but was slain by Hermes. Remark : A dream for an optician !


4. ANTAEUS (Antaios) A gigantic Libyan king who wrestled to death all visitors to his realm until he was slain by Heracles.

5. BRIAREUS One of the three hundred-handed Hecatoncheires. So many gloves to wear !!

6. CHARBYDIS (Kharybdis) A monstrous daughter of Poseidon who was chained to the sea floor by the gods where her inhalations formed a deadly whirlpool. Think of it when you sit in your whirlpool !

7. CHRYSAOR (Khrysaor) A giant born from the neck of the beheaded Gorgon Medusa. Has anybody given birth through the neck ?

8. CYCLOPES YOUNGER (Kyklopes) A tribe of one-eyed cannibalistic giants who shepherded flocks of sheep on the island of Sicily. (see the wories they had with their daughters below !)

9. GERYON (Geryones) A three-bodied giant who dwelt on the sunset isle at the ends of the earth. Must have cost a fortune to dress him !

10. HECATONCHEIRES (Hekatonkheires) Three immortal giants with a hundred arms and fifty heads, who assisted Zeus in the War of the Titans. They were afterwards appointed as guards for the gates of Tartarus. Imagine the work of the hairdresser !

11. OREUS A man-eating Thracian giant who was half-man and half-bear.

12. ORION A gigantic hunter with the ability to walk on water. He was slain by Gaea or Artemis for some offence and placed amongst the stars as a constellation.

13. TYPHOEUS A monstrous, fire-breathing giant with serpentine legs and a hundred bestial heads.



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After reading this, it's time to see a horror movie !

15 comments:

Picturing of Life said...

Great list! Too bad, I don't like horror movies hi hi hi...

Mine in here Thanks

Lori said...

Very cool list. Happy TT.

Mar said...

Very educative...yet scary, lol!

Firefly mom said...

I can't wait to show this list to my 12 y/o son when he gets up (it's 1:00 am here ;) He's a *huge* Greek mythology buff, and I've heard him talk about some of these, but I'll be interested to see if you stump him on any!

Happy TT!

anthonynorth said...

And all from the mind of man. Makes you wonder ...

Hootin' Anni said...

I admit tho, I love to read about the Grecian history! It boggles the mind. Like anthonynorth says above in his comment, it 'makes you wonder'.

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

A nice list. did you miss Polyphemus, the Cyclop, my favourite.

Our only giant is Andre, the giant, a wrestler:) How dull.

Maribeth said...

I must show this to my Greek neighbor. Happy TT. Mine is actually up this week!

Melli said...

Oh. I think I'm feeling 11th grade revisited! (i don't know how i'd remember that... i'm pretty sure i slept through 11th grade!) LOL! The ancient Greeks were very... imaginative!

Gypsy Princess said...

Birth through the neck??


geeeeeeeeeeee

Tink said...

I like horror movies actually. :-) At least we know why the old Greeks didn't need horror movies...
Thanks for visiting my deity TT. I got the Pan statue recently from friends who had a holiday on crete.

colleen said...

Gone the way of the dinosaurs.

The Greeks have their giants and the Irish their little people.

the teach said...

Gattina, what do you mean you're on strike? I know you said you're not answering any questions but you have to answer MY question...on strike? :(

claudie said...

terrified! Hope you didn't meet one of these gods when you were in Greece!

Anonymous said...

hiya


Just saying hello while I read through the posts


hopefully this is just what im looking for, looks like i have a lot to read.