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LEON
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Λεων Leôn Leo Lion (leôn)

LEON was a leonine Gigante slain by Herakles in the war against the gods. The hero made a cloak of his skin.

A lion-headed Gigante does occur in the famous Pergamon reliefs depicting the War of the Giants.

PARENTS
Presumably GAIA (see Gigantes)

Ptolemy Hephaestion, New History Book 5 (summary from Photius, Myriobiblon 190) (trans. Pearse) (Greek mythographer C1st to C2nd A.D.) :
"Herakles did not wear the skin of the Nemean lion, but that of a certain Leon (Lion), one of the Gigantes (Giants) killed by Herakles whom he had challenged to single combat."


Sources:

  • Ptolemy Hephaestion, New History - Greek Mythographer C1st-2nd A.D.
  • Photius, Myriobiblon - Byzantine Greek Scholar C9th A.D.