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[2] Homer does not mention giants at all in the Iliad, but in the Odyssey he relates how the Laestrygones attacked the ships of Odysseus in the likeness not of men but of giants,1 and he makes also the king of the Phaeacians say that the Phaeacians are near to the gods like the Cyclopes and the race of giants.2 In these places then he indicates that the giants are mortal, and not of divine race, and his words in the following passage are plainer still:—“Who once was king among the haughty giants;
But he destroyed the infatuate folk, and was destroyed himself.
Hom. Od. 7.59-60“Folk” in the poetry of Homer means the common people.

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