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Giants

 

(Gigantes), in ancient Greek mythology, monstrous giants born of Gaea, goddess of earth, from drops of the blood of Uranus, god of heaven. Taking pride in their strength, the Giants revolted against the gods of Olympus. Only with the help of the Cyclopes, who forged thunderbolts for Zeus, and of Heracles with his arrows that could not miss were the Olympians able to triumph over the Giants. The battle of the gods against the Giants (Gigantomachy) was a popular theme in classical fine arts. The most striking example is the famous frieze of the altar of Zeus in the city of Pergamum (now in the Classical Collection, Berlin Museum).

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This Giant and these Pygmies being children of the same mother(that is to say, our good old Grandmother Earth), were all brethren, and dwelt together in a very friendly and affectionate manner, far, far off, in the middle of hot Africa.
Now these funny Pygmies, as I told you before, had a Giant for their neighbor and brother, who was bigger, if possible, than they were little.
I killed two giants, I brought away one unicorn, and caught a wild boar, and am I to fear those who are standing outside the room.
The road led him up a mountain, and when he had reached the highest point of it, there sat a powerful giant looking peacefully about him.
At sunset the giant returned, supped upon one of our unhappy comrades, slept and snored till dawn, and then left us as before.
At nightfall we returned to the castle, and very soon in came the giant, and one more of our number was sacrificed.
One of these was the proprietor of a giant, and a little lady without legs or arms, who had jogged forward in a van; the other, a silent gentleman who earned his living by showing tricks upon the cards, and who had rather deranged the natural expression of his countenance by putting small leaden lozenges into his eyes and bringing them out at his mouth, which was one of his professional accomplishments.
Once get a giant shaky on his legs, and the public care no more about him than they do for a dead cabbage stalk.
replied the giant, making an effort that contorted every muscle of his body - "oh
Only the little boy did not run, for his eyes were so full of tears that he did not see the Giant coming.
The Giant roared so terribly that for a time they were afraid he had broken loose; but he hadn't.
Although battling for his life, Sing had not failed to note the advent of the strange young giant, nor the part he had played in succoring the professor, so that it was with a feeling of relief that he saw the newcomer turn his attention toward those who were rapidly reducing the citadel of his own existence.