Aloeus

Aloeus

[uh-loh-ee-uhs, uh-loh-yoos]
In Greek mythology, Aloeus (Ἀλωεύς) was the son of Poseidon and Canace, husband first of Iphimedia and later of Eeriboea, and father of Salmoneus (who founded Elis), Otus and Ephialtes, collectively known as the Aloadae. These giants made war on the gods and captured the god Ares in a jar. His wife Eeriboea reported this to the gods, and Aloeus in anger had her flayed alive (according to the Scholiast on Homer's Iliad 12.543). In Virgil's Aeneid, the twins of Aloeus are found in Dis, the Roman name for Hades, and there Aeneas sees them being punished by Rhadamanthus. This scene from Virgil was a precursor to Dante's depiction of Hell, and is found in Book 6 of the Aeneid.

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