Greek - A giant. Son of Aloeus or Poseidon by Iphimedia or Canace. Twin brother of Ephialtes. His nominal father was Aloeus but his real father was Poseidon. He and his brother, known as the Aloadae, were noble beings, not monsters like the other giants. They once imprisoned Ares in a bronze jar to show their power and they threatened to pile Pelion on Ossa to attack Olympus but were persuaded by Poseidon not to try. They planned to carry off Artemis but she set a trap for them. Flying over the sea to Naxos, where they followed her, she put herself as a white hind in their path and they immediately set out to hunt it. Each threw a javelin from opposite sides of the hind which then disappeared. Each brother died when struck by the other's javelin. An alternative version says that, when they tried to abduct Artemis and Hera, Artemis ran between them. Each aimed a shot at her but she avoided the arrows and each brother inadvertently killed the other. They were said to have been bound back to back and fastened to a column by snakes when they went to Tartarus. In some accounts, Otus was one of the Earthborn Giants, son of Uranus and Gaea, and fought in the battle between the giants and the gods. In some references, referred to as Otus, Otos or Otos.

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