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Antaeus

[an-tee-uh s] /ænˈti əs/
noun, Classical Mythology
1.
an African giant who was invincible when in contact with the earth but was lifted into the air by Hercules and crushed.
Related forms
Antaean, adjective
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Antaeus

/ænˈtiːəs/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) an African giant who was invincible as long as he touched the ground, but was lifted into the air by Hercules and crushed to death
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Word Origin and History for Antaeus

Libyan giant slain by Herakles, from Greek Antaios, literally "opposite, opposed to, hostile," from anta "over against, face to face," related to anti "opposite, against" (see ante).

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Encyclopedia Article for Antaeus

in Greek mythology, a giant of Libya, the son of the sea god Poseidon and the Earth goddess Gaea. He compelled all strangers who were passing through the country to wrestle with him. Whenever Antaeus touched the Earth (his mother), his strength was renewed, so that even if thrown to the ground, he was invincible. Heracles, in combat with him, discovered the source of his strength and, lifting him up from Earth, crushed him to death.

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