OTOS AND EPHIALTES
The giants Otus and Ephialtes, the handsome sons of Aloeus (a son of Poseidon), who by age nine were fifty feet tall and very unruly. The two boys chased Artemis in order to rape her, but were punished by Apollo, who sent a deer between them; as they both shot at the deer, they killed each other. Artemis, to the left, stretches her bow in a symbolic gesture. [red figured krater, 440 B.C., Basel Antikenmuseeum]
Note: This is the same Otus and Ephialtes who piled up mountains in order to attack
the gods, and who captured Ares, god of war, and stuffed him in a bronze cauldron for six
months until he was rescued by Hermes. The two were punished in Hades by being tied
with snakes to a pillar on which sat a screech owl.