Antaeus was the son of the gods Poseidon and Gaea, one of the Gigantes, in Greek mythology. He drew strength from his mother, earth, and was invincible while he was in contact with her; he challenged people who passed by his area to wrestling matches, in which he always won, and killed them in the end. He then used their skulls to build a temple honouring his father. He challenged the demigod hero Heracles, who was on his way to complete the eleventh of the famous Labours of Heracles, being to steal the golden apples from the Garden of Hesperides. The hero realised that Antaeus tapped his power from earth, so he locked him in a bearhug in such a way as to be unable to touch the ground, and then crushed him.
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