Giants are usually huge, clumsy beings from primeval times; according to the commonest myth, the Gigantomachy, they attempted unsuccessfully to deprive Zeus and the Olympians of power. In Homer the Giants are a lawless and arrogant marginal people destroyed because of their king Eurymedon (Hom. Od. 7,59-61); they settled close to the Cyclopes and Phaeaces (Hom. Od. 7,205f.). According to Hesiod, during the castration of Uranus, drops of blood fall on the earth ( Gaia) and ferti…
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