Saturday, May 11, 2013

Greek History of the Giant Race

Greek History of the Giant Race




We find profane history as fertile in stories of giants as Biblical history. Heathen mythology is filled with such marvellous legends. Foremost are those of the Titans, who were, according to some, forty-five in number, and were the sons of Uranus or Ccelus, by Ge or Terra, his mother, whom he married. They were all of gigantic stature and proportionate strength. Their wars against the gods are very celebrated in mythology. They were so much oppressed by their father, that they conspired against him ; and they were assisted by their mother, who provided them with a scythe, with which one of them wounded his father. From the blood that flowed sprang the Gigantes, men of most prodigious size and fearful aspect. Some had terrible faces and the tails of dragons ; and others, as Cottus, Briareus, and Gyges, had fifty heads, one hundred arms, and serpents in the place of legs. The defeat of their brethren, the Titans, incensed them against Jupiter ; and they all conspired to dethrone him. They accordingly made an attack upon the gods with huge rocks and trees and burning woods, under the leadership of Porphyrion and Alcyoneus, the most formidable among them; and they also heaped Mount Ossa upon Pelion to scale the heavens. They were invincible so long as they remained in their native land, and were not liable to be killed by anyone except a mortal.