Greek Mythology

The Classical Gods of Ancient Greece


Greek Demon

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.

Antaeus Facts and Figures

Name: Antaeus
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Antaios

Gender: Male
Type: Demon
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: Unknown at present

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 3098

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Article last revised on September 06, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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