The name Polybotes means literally "feeding many" (poly = many) in classical Greek, where he may have originally been a fertility god.
The most ancient of the Greek gods, Ouranos (Uranus, the sky), imprisoned all of his children (the Titans, or elder gods) in Tartarus, to keep them from seizing his power. Their mother, Gaia (Gaea, the earth) pled for the release of her children, and when Ouranos would not relent, she convinced Cronus, their youngest son, to ambush and castrate him in revenge.
The blood that fell to from Ouranos' gonads as he was so injured fertilized the earth, causing the twenty-four Gigantes to be born. Ouranos was then overthrown by Zeus, who also refused to release the Titans. In outrage, Gaea encouraged the Gigantes to attack Zeus and his fellow gods, in order to free the Titans. During the ensuing battle, known as the Gigantomachy, the god Poseidon defeated Polybotes by ripping a part of the island Kos apart with his bare hands and hurling it at him. This fragment ended up forming the island of Nisyros.
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