Athena against a giant (probably Enceladus). Parts of this sculpture were found between 1863 and 1888, east of the Parthenon and east of the Erechtheum.. In 1897 Schrader formed the sculpture from the fragments. Enceladus means internal loud noise, such for example produced by earthquakes. The sculpture is also today very symbolic in that the goddess of wisdom is victorious against the terrible giant . One has to use wisdom and knowledge to reduce or prevent damages and loses from earthquakes especially in regions like Greece.

In Greek mythology, Enceladus (Ἐγκέλαδος) a son of Tartarus and Ge.

Enceladus was one of the hundred-armed giants who made war upon the gods. (Hygin Fab. Praef. p. 1; Virg Aen. iv. 179; Ov. Ep. ex Pont. ii. 2. 12, Amor. iii. 12. 27.) He was killed, according to some, by Zeus, by a flash of lightning, and buried under Mount Etna (Virg. Aen. iii. 578); and, according to others, lie was killed by the chariot of Athena (Paus. viii. 47. § 1), or by the spear of Seilenus. (Eurip, Cyclops, 7.) In his flight Athena threw upon him the island of Sicily. (Apollod. i. 6. § 2.) There are two other fabulous beings of this name. (Apollod. ii. 1. § 5; Eustath. ad Hom. p. 918 )

Athena Pallas and Enceladus fighting. Athenian red figure dish by Oltos (?), ca. 525 BC.

Athena and Enceladus, Selinunte

Location: Louvre, Department of Greek Antiquities (CA 3662) [Source]

Statue of the Enceladus, in the garden of Versailles Castle (France) - Wikipedia 2005 image by Jgremillot

Artemis and the giant Aigaion, Zeus against the giant Porphyrion and Athene against Enceladus.

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