A somewhat massive son of POSEIDON and GAIA, he mooched about in the Libyan Desert eating lions. He also killed travelers, because he collected skulls. We all need a hobby. ANTAEUS was hoping to collect enough to build a skull temple dedicated to his father.
HERACLES came across him while traveling to the Garden of the HESPERIDES and a fight ensued. ANTAEUS found his rib-crushing technique didn’t work, being slammed to the ground three times in a row. HERACLES in turn was astonished to find his trusty body slams had no effect. ANTAEUS just came bouncing back.
GAIA was sending her power through Earthly contact, and whenever he touched the ground her son became stronger. So HERACLES went for the final submission by lifting the giant off his feet and throttling him in mid-air.