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Pronunciation : bry-ARR-ee-us

(Creature) BRIAREUS

Also known as AEGAEON, BRIAREOS, OBRIAREOS

Brother of Cottus and Gyges, the hundred armed sons of Uranus and Gaia known as the Hecatonchires. Briareus means vigourous.

As well as having a hundred arms, the Hecatonchires had fifty heads, but often appeared to have only half a brain between them! Luckily Briareus seemed to have the lions share of that.

Briareus orchestrated his bro's during the battle of the Titans which basically boiled down to hurling mountains until your arms were sore or the Titans ran away like sissies. He stepped in as arbitrator in the Corinth land rights dispute between Helius and Poseidon and was also on hand when Zeus fell foul of some rather severe in-house bickering and found himself tied up with a hundred un-breakable knots. Briareus didn't realise they were unbreakable and snapped them like cheese-strings.

Opinions are divided on where Briareus went after this. Some say he married Poseidon's daughter Kymopoleia and used the bed of the Aegean Sea as headquarters for whipping up violent sea storms under the alias of Aegaeon, a name known only to mortals, though they often preferred to call him 'sea goat'.

Briareus has also been spotted in Hades beside the Elm of False Dreams, or possibly branched out and is the Elm of false dreams, which could explain the hundred arms thing.

See Hecatonchires, Gyges, Cottus ...
Family Tree ...
Parents : Uranus and Gaia
Spouse : Kymopoleia
Offspring : Oiolyka and Aitna
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'BRIAREUS' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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