A son of Tartarus and Gaea, and the most powerful of the hundred giants who made war upon the gods. He was killed, according to some, by Zeus, by a flash of lightning, and buried under Mount Etna;1 and, according to others, he was killed by the chariot of Athena,2 or by the spear of Silenus.3 In his flight Athena threw upon him the island of Sicily.4

Whenever the giant stirs the earth shakes, and whenever he becomes impatient, his fiery breath blows through the mountain and throws up rocks and molten lava.



  1. Virgil. Aeneid iii, 578.
  2. Pausanias. Description of Greece viii, 47.1.
  3. Euripides. Cyclops, 7.
  4. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library i, 6.2.


  • Hyginus. Fabulae: Preface, p. 1.
  • Ovid. Epistulae ex Ponto ii, 2. 12; Amores, iii, 12.27.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
  • Virgil. Aeneid iv, 179.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.