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HOPLODAMOS
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Ὁπλοδαμος Hoplodamos Hoplodamus Armed-Man
(hoples, damos)

HOPLODAMOS (or Hoplodamus) was a rustic daimon (demi-god) who mustered his brother Gigantes to fight in defence of Rhea when the Titan Kronos raged against her upon learning that she had hidden away their infant son Zeus.

Hoplodamos and his Gigante brothers (literally "the earth-born") were probably identical to the Kouretes, the armed demi-gods who guarded the infant Zeus. Hesiod and several other ancient writers also call the Kouretes gigantes.

PARENTS
GAIA (Pausanias 8.32.5)

ENCYCLOPEDIA

HOPLADAMOS (Hopladamos), one of the Gigantes who accompanied and protected Rhea when she was on the point of giving birth to Zeus. (Paus. viii. 32. § 4, 36. § 2.)

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.


Pausanias, Description of Greece 8. 32. 5 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"Here also [in the sanctuary of Asklepios at Megalopolis in Arkadia] are kept bones, too big for those of a human being, about which the story ran that they were those of one of the Gigantes (Earth-Born) [probably the Kouretes] mustered by Hopladamos to fight for Rhea."

Pausanias, Description of Greece 8. 36. 2 :
"Mount Thaumasios (Wonderful) lies beyond the river Maloitas [in Arkadia], and the Methydrians hold that when Rhea was pregnant with Zeus, she came to this mountain and enlisted as her allies, in case Kronos (Cronus) should attack her, Hopladamos and his few Gigantes (Earth-Born). They allow that she gave birth to her son on some part of Mount Lykaios (Lycaeus), but they claim that here Kronos was deceived, and here took place the substitution of a stone for the child that is spoken of in the Greek legend. On the summit of the mountain is Rhea's Cave, into which no human beings may enter save only the women who are sacred to the goddess."


Sources:

  • Pausanias, Description of Greece - Greek Travelogue C2nd A.D.