Poseidon stabs Polybotes during the Gigantomachy
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The name Polybotes means literally "feeding many" (poly = many) in classical Greek, where he may have originally been a fertility god.
The most ancient of the Greek gods, Uranus (the sky), imprisoned all of his children (the Titans, or elder gods) in Tartarus, to keep them from seizing his power. Their mother, Gaia pled for the release of her children, and when Uranus would not relent, she convinced Cronus their youngest son, to ambush and castrate him in revenge.
The blood that fell from Uranus' gonads fertilized the earth, causing the Gigantes to be born. Uranus was overthrown by his son Cronus who was in turn overthrown by his son Zeus. After Zeus imprisoned the Titans and refused to release them, Gaia was enraged and encouraged the Gigantes to attack Zeus and his fellow gods. During the ensuing battle, known as the Gigantomachy, the god Poseidon defeated Polybotes by ripping a part of the island Kos apart with his bare hands or trident, and burying the giant underneath it. This fragment ended up forming the island of Nisyros.
In Rick Riordan's, The Son of Neptune, Polybotes is eager for revenge against Poseidon, battling the god's son Percy Jackson when he leads an army of Monsters against Camp Jupiter. He plans to torture Percy, keeping him captive before destroying Poseidon. Here Polybotes has the power to turn water to poison with a touch. Percy Jackson defeats Polybotes with the help of Terminus, the border god.
- Strabo, Geography, 10.5.16
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