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Tityus

The Giant who dared assaulted the goddess Leto (mother of Apollo and Artemis)

Tutyos (or Tityus) was a Phokian giant who assaulted the goddess Leto as she was on her way to Delphoi. Her son Apollon came to the rescue and despatched the giant with his arrows and golden sword.

As further punishment for the crime, Tityos was condemned to eternal torment in the underworld. There he was staked to the ground and two vultures set to feed on his ever regenerating liver.

His name might be derived from the Greek word tisis, meaning "he who suffers retribution." Alternatively Tityos may be connected with the Tityroi, a Boiotian name for flute-playing satyrs.

In this guise he resembles another of Apollon's opponents, Marsyas. Certain elements of his story also closely resemble those of the Boiotian giant Orion and the Titan Prometheus.

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Sources

[1] "Theoi"




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