Mimas (Giant)

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In Greek mythology, Mimas was one of the Gigantes (Giants), the offspring of Gaia, born from the blood of the castrated Uranus.[1] According to the mythographer Apollodorus, he was killed, during the Gigantomachy, the cosmic battle of the Giants with the Olympian gods, by Hephaestus with "missiles of red-hot metal" from his forge.[2] In Euripides' Ion (c. 410 BC), the chorus, describing the wonders of the late sixth century Temple of Apollo at Delphi, tell of seeing depicted there the Gigantomachy showing, among other things, Zeus burning Mimas "to ashes" with his thunderbolt.[3] In the Argonautica by Apollonius of Rhodes, and the Gigantomachia by Claudian, Mimas was killed by Ares.[4]

A fragment of an Attic Black-figure dinos by Lydos (Athens Akropolis 607) dating from the second quarter of the sixth century, which depicted the Gigantomachy, has inscribed (retrograde) the name "Mimos", possibly in error for "Mimas".[5]

He was said to be buried under Prochyte, one of the Phlegraean Islands off the coast of Naples.[6] Saturn's moon, Mimas, is named for the Giant.


  1. ^ For the birth of the Gigantes see Hesiod, Theogony 185. Hyginus, Fabulae Preface gives Tartarus as the father of the Giants.
  2. ^ Apollodorus, 1.6.2.
  3. ^ Gantz, p. 448; Euripides, Ion 205–218.
  4. ^ Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica 3.1225 ff.; Claudian, Gigantomachia 85–91 (pp. 286–287).
  5. ^ Gantz, p. 451; Beazley, p. 39; Beazley Archive 310147; LIMC Gigantes 105: image 1/14.
  6. ^ Silius Italicus, Punica 12.143 ff.