τὸ ἴδιον ἐπέσκεπε σῶμα. Πολυβώτης δὲ διὰ τῆς θαλάσσης διωχθεὶς ὑπὸ τοῦ Ποσειδῶνος ἧκεν εἰς Κῶ· Ποσειδῶν δὲ τῆς νήσου μέρος ἀπορρήξας ἐπέρριψεν αὐτῷ, τὸ λεγόμενον Νίσυρον. Ἑρμῆς δὲ τὴν Ἄιδος κυνῆν ἔχων κατὰ τὴν μάχην Ἱππόλυτον ἀπέκτεινεν, Ἄρτεμις δὲ †Γρατίωνα,1 μοῖραι δ᾿ Ἄγριον καὶ Θόωνα χαλκέοις ῥοπάλοις μαχόμεναι2 τοὺς δὲ ἄλλους κεραυνοῖς Ζεὺς βαλὼν διέφθειρε· πάντας δὲ Ἡρακλῆς ἀπολλυμένους ἐτόξευσεν.
3Ὡς δ᾿ ἐκράτησαν οἱ θεοὶ τῶν Γιγάντων, Γῆ μᾶλλον χολωθεῖσα μίγνυται Ταρτάρῳ, καὶ γεννᾷ Τυφῶνα ἐν Κιλικίᾳ,3 μεμιγμένην ἔχοντα φύσιν ἀνδρὸς καὶ θηρίου. οὗτος μὲν καὶ μεγέθει καὶ δυνάμει πάντων διήνεγκεν ὅσους ἐγέννησε Γῆ, ἦν δὲ αὐτῷ τὰ μὲν ἄχρι μηρῶν ἄπλετον μέγεθος ἀνδρόμορφον, ὥστε ὑπερέχειν μὲν πάντων τῶν ὀρῶν, ἡ δὲ κεφαλὴ πολλάκις καὶ τῶν ἄστρων ἔψαυε· χεῖρας δὲ εἶχε τὴν μὲν ἐπὶ τὴν ἑσπέραν ἐκτεινομένην τὴν δὲ ἐπὶ τὰς ἀνατολάς· ἐκ τούτων4
- 1†Γρατίωνα probably corrupt. Various emendations have been suggested, as Αἰγαίωνα (Heyne, M. Mayer, op. cit. pp. 201 sq.), Εὐρυτίωνα, Ῥαίωνα (Hercher).
- 2μαχόμεναι Heyne, Westermann, M. Mayer, op. cit. p. 203: μαχομένας A: μαχομένους RRa Heyne (in the text), Müller, Bekker, Hercher.
- 3Κιλικίᾳ Heyne, Westermann, Müller, Bekker, Hercher: Σικελίᾳ A.
- 4For ἐκ τούτων we should perhaps read ἐξ ὤμων or ἐκ τῶν ὤμων. See Hesiod, Theog. 824 sq. ἐκ δέ οἱ ὤμων | ἦν ἑκατὸν κεφαλαὶ ὄφιος, δεινοῖο δράκοντος. Compare M. Mayer, op. cit. p. 227.
the fight.1 Polybotes was chased through the sea by Poseidon and came to Cos; and Poseidon, breaking off that piece of the island which is called Nisyrum, threw it on him.2 And Hermes, wearing the helmet of Hades,3 slew Hippolytus in the fight, and Artemis slew Gration. And the Fates, fighting with brazen clubs, killed Agrius and Thoas. The other giants Zeus smote and destroyed with thunderbolts and all of them Hercules shot with arrows as they were dying.
When the gods had overcome the giants, Earth, still more enraged, had intercourse with Tartarus and brought forth Typhon in Cilicia,4 a hybrid between man and beast. In size and strength he surpassed all the offspring of Earth. As far as the thighs he was of human shape and of such prodigious bulk that he out-topped all the mountains, and his head often brushed the stars. One of his hands reached out to the west and the other to the east, and from
- 1According to one account the Pallas whom Athena flayed, and whose skin she used as a covering, was her own father, who had attempted her chastity. See Clement of Alexandria, Protrept, ii. 28, p. 24, ed. Potter; Tzetzes, Schol. on Lycophron, 355; Cicero, De natura deorum, iii. 23. 59.
- 2Compare Strabo, x. 5. 16, p. 489.
- 3The helmet of Hades was thought to render the wearer invisible. Compare Homer, Iliad, v. 844 sq.; Hesiod, Shield of Hercules, 226 sq.
- 4As to Typhon, or Typhoeus, as he is also called, who was especially associated with the famous Corycian cave in Cilicia, see Hesiod, Theog. 820 sqq.; Pindar, Pyth. i. 15 sqq.; Aeschylus, Prometheus Vinctus, 351 sqq.; Antoninus Liberalis, Transform. 28; Ovid, Metamorph. v. 321 sqq.; Hyginus, Fab. 152; Mela, i. 76, ed. G. Parthey; Scriptores rerum mythicarum Latini, ed. G. H. Bode, vol. i. pp. 4, 29, 92 (First Vatican Mythographer, 11 and 86; Second Vatican Mythographer, 53). As to the Corycian cave, see Adonis, Attis, Osiris, 3rd ed. i. 152 sqq. According to Hesiod (Theog. 821), Typhoeus was the youngest child of Earth.