Tityos | Mythic Creature

Tityos Greek Mythology
Titius (classical Greek: Τιτυός; transl. Tityós), in Greek mythology was a giant, the son of Zeus and Elara, daughter of Orcomene. Zeus hid Elara from his wife, Hera, under the earth, where she gave birth. Titius grew so large that he eventually split his mother's womb in two, which leads many versions to consider Titius as the son of Gaia.

Titius attempted to rape Leto, instigated by Hera, and was killed with arrows by Apollo and Artemis. As eternal torture, he was condemned to be, after his death, stretched out in Hades, bound by his arms and legs, which covered nine acres, with vultures eating his liver.

The name Titius may be derived from the Greek word Tisis, meaning one who suffers reprisals. Alternatively, Titius may be connected with the word Tityroi, a Bœotian name for flute-playing satyrs.