Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The mythological war of the giants against Zeus, symbolizing the antagonism between terrestrial and oceanic and celestial forces: a favorite subject in all departments of ancient classical art. Its most noteworthy examples are among the sculptures, now at Berlin, discovered in 1875 and later at Pergamum by the Germans. The legs of the giants were generally represented as serpents, the heads of which occupied the place of feet. See cut under
- n. mythology In Greek mythology, the uprising of the Gigantes against the Olympian gods.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A war of giants; especially, the fabulous war of the giants against heaven.
- giganto- 'giant' + -machy 'war'. (Wiktionary)
“The only people who won't like this site are morosophs and misosophs! cynartomachy -- bear-baiting using dogs gigantomachy -- war of giants against the gods pneumatomachy -- denial of the divinity of the Holy Ghost Link”
“The subject is the gigantomachy, i.e., the battle between the gods and the rebellious sons of earth (cf. page 134).”
“We have therefore here a scene from one of the favorite subjects of Greek art at all periods -- the gigantomachy, or battle of gods and giants.”
“The frieze from Priene representing a gigantomachy was not a part of the temple there (Wolters, _Jahrbuch des deutschen arch.”
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