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date: 09 December 2022



  • Herbert Jennings Rose
  •  and Ken Dowden


Aloadae, in mythology, Otus and *Ep(h)ialtes (2), sons of Iphimedia and not in fact Aloeus but *Poseidon (Od. 11. 305; Hes. Catalogus mulierum fr. 19 M–W). After nine years they were 9 cubits broad and 9 fathoms tall (Od. 11. 310–11). They imprisoned *Ares in a bronze vessel for thirteen months, but *Hermes got him out (Il. 5. 385–91). To reach heaven, they piled *Ossa on *Olympus (1) and *Pelion on Ossa, filling the sea with mountains and making land into sea (Apollod. 1. 7. 4, and perhaps Hes. Cat. fr. 21 M–W). This story in some ways echoes the Hurrian myth of Ullikummi, the vast rock giant that threatens heaven. The Aloadae also had designs on *Artemis and *Hera; but Artemis changed into a deer in their midst and they shot each other—an event somehow orchestrated by *Apollo on *Naxos (1) (Apollod 1.


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