Antiphates


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Antiphates

chieftain of Laestrygones, man-eating giants of Italy. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey; Rom. Lit.: Metamorphoses]
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"The men when they got on shore followed a level road by which the people draw their firewood from the mountains into the town, till presently they met a young woman who had come outside to fetch water, and who was daughter to a Laestrygonian named Antiphates. She was going to the fountain Artacia from which the people bring in their water, and when my men had come close up to her, they asked her who the king of that country might be, and over what kind of people he ruled; so she directed them to her father's house, but when they got there they found his wife to be a giantess as huge as a mountain, and they were horrified at the sight of her.
"She at once called her husband Antiphates from the place of assembly, and forthwith he set about killing my men.
"Their hearts sank as they heard me, for they remembered how they had been treated by the Laestrygonian Antiphates, and by the savage ogre Polyphemus.
He then drew his sword and sprang first upon Antiphates whom he killed in combat, and who fell face upwards on the earth.
The Cyclops pitied the lamenting of children and the wailing of women, as did Antiphates. The lethal flame devours the sanctuaries of the gods and the houses of the civilians and the toils of the wretched farmers: the barbarian, having neither love nor mercy, destroys everything Hephaistos has spared.
The Cyclops and Antiphates are mentioned as examples of good behaviour which is lacking among the belligerents of the War of the League of Cambrai.
It was occasionally found on black coral (Antiphates caribeana) between 22 and 38 meters deep.