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ARISTAIOS
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Αρισταιος Aristaios Aristaeus Most Excellent,
Best (aristos)

ARISTAIOS (or Aristaeus) was the only one of the Gigantes to survive the war with their gods. He was hidden away by his mother Gaia (the Earth) on the island of Sikelia (Sicily) in the guise of a dung-beetle.

He was perhaps identified with Aristaios, where that god was represented as a Titan son of Ouranos.

PARENTS
Presumably GAIA (see Gigantes)

Suidas s.v. Aristaios (trans. Suda On Line) (Byzantine Greek Lexicon C10th A.D.) :
"Aristaios: One of the Gigantes (Giants), who survived . . . Aristaios, the story goes, was the only Gigante to survive, on the Sikelion (Sicilian) mountain called Aitne (Etna); the fire of heaven did not reach him, and nor did Aitne harm him."

Suidas s.v. Aitnaios kantharos (trans. Suda On Line) (Byzantine Greek Lexicon C10th A.D.) :
"Aitnaios kantharos (Dung-beetle of Etna): The big [kind]. Because the mountain [is] also big. They say that Aristaios was the only Gigante (Giant) to survive; the fire of heaven did not reach him, nor did Aitna (Etna) harm him."


Sources:

  • Suidas - Byzantine Lexicon C10th AD