Brill’s New Pauly

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(Aloids, Ἀλωάδαι, Ἀλωεῖδαι; Alōádai, Alōeîdai). Otos and Ephialtes, gigantic sons of Iphimedea and Aloeus (Hom. Il. 5,385 ff. with schol.) or Poseidon (Hom. Od. 11,305 f.; Hes. fr. 19; in Eratosth. FGrH 241 F 35 ‘Earth-born’). Only nine years old, they are already nine fathoms wide and nine yards tall and hold Ares prisoner for 13 months in an iron barrel, because he is guilty of the death of  Adonis. Their stepmother Eeriboea, however, tells Hermes of the prison of the exhausted god of war (Hom. Il. 5,385 ff.). The A. want to overturn the mounta…

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Scheer, Tanja (Rome), “Aloads”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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