Theogony

by

Hesiod

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Kottos, Briareos, and Gyges Character Analysis

These three mighty gods are the sons of Heaven and Earth. Because of their extreme strength and ferocity, Kronos imprisons them so that they don’t threaten his rule. Zeus later frees them, and they lend their forces to his war against his father, helping to turn the tide and win the battle for the Olympians. When Zeus later imprisons the other Titans are imprisoned in Tartarus, these three gods stand guard to make sure that the Titans do not escape.
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Kottos, Briareos, and Gyges Character Timeline in Theogony

The timeline below shows where the character Kottos, Briareos, and Gyges appears in Theogony. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Earth bears Heaven, and together they have many children, including Kronos, Rhea, and Kottos, Briareos, and Gyges From the start, Heaven is wary of his children and fearful that they might someday... (full context)
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...and the other Titans for control of the divine realm. Zeus enlists the aid of Kottos, Briareos, and Gyges , whom he frees from their bondage. In thanks, they gift Zeus with “thunder and... (full context)