Gigantes, not to be confused with the Titans who were even more powerful beings, are the Greek version of Giants. The Gigantes were often depicted as hoplite soldiers, dressed in full armor, or as a type of barbarian with panther skin clothing wielding flaming torches and rocks as weapons. They were also often depicted with serpents as legs. One myth says that the Gigantes were created when Ouranos (
Uranus) was castrated by his son,
Cronus, when his blood fell to the earth. Where another myth says that they were born from Gaia, with Tartaros as their father. They waged war on the gods during the Gigantomachy. The Gigantes were spurred on and encouraged by Gaia, the mother of the titans, to wage war against the gods to avenge Cronus's death. During the Gigantomachy there were many battles between the Gods and Gigantes, to which the Gigantes eventually lost. None of the Gigantes survived, except for Aristatios, who survived because Gaia transformed him into a dung beetle.