The Gigantomachia in Diodorus

Herakles then moved on from the Tiber, and as he passed down the coast of what now bears the name of Italia he came to the Kumaion Plain. Here, the myths relate, there were men of outstanding strength the fame of whom had gone abroad for lawlessness and they were called Gigantes. This plain was called Phlegraian (fiery) from the mountain which of old spouted forth a huge fire ... Now the Gigantes, according to the account, on learning that Herakles was at hand, gathered in full force and drew themselves up in battle-order against him. The struggle which took place was a wonderful one, in view both of the strength and courage of the Gigantes, but Herakles, they say, with the help of the gods who fought on his side, gained the upper hand in the battle, slew most of the Gigantes, and brought the land under cultivation. The myths record that the Gigantes were sons of Ge because of the exceedingly great size of their bodies. With regard, then, to the Gigantes who were slain in Phlegra, this is the account of certain writers of myths, who have been followed by the historian Timaios also. (Diodorus Siculus, Library of History 4.21.5)

July 14, 2004 in Gigantomachia/Titanomachia | Permalink