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ANTAEUS
Also known as ANTAIOS

Incredibly strong and blood-thirsty giant.

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.

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Article last updated on 12 February 2004
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT ANTAEUS : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : ANTAEUS
Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Male
Type : Demon
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : ANTAIOS
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