TYPHON or TYPHOEUS
a monster of the primitive world, is described sometimes as a destructive hurricane, and sometimes as a fire-breathing giant. According to Homer he was concealed in the country of the Arimi in the earth, which was lashed by Zeus with flashes of lightning.
In Hesiod Typhaon and Typhoeus are two distinct beings. Typhaon there is a son of Typhoeus (Theogony of Hesiod 869), and a fearful hurricane, who by Echidna became the father of the dog Orthus, Cerberus, the Lernaean hydra, Chimaera, and the Sphynx. (Theogony of Hesiod 306 . Apollodorus ii)
Notwithstanding the confusion of the two beings in later writers, the original meaning of Typhaon was preserved in ordinary life.
Typhoeus is described as a monster with a hundred heads, fearful eyes, and terrible voices; he wanted to acquire the sovereignty of gods and men, but was subdued, after a fearful struggle, by Zeus, with a thunderbolt.
Aeschylus and Pindar describe him as living in a Cilician cave. He is further said to have at one time been engaged in a struggle with all the immortals, and to have been killed by Zeus with a flash of lightning.
He was buried in Tartarus under Mount Aetna, the workshop of
Hephaestus. The later poets
frequently connect Typhoeus with Egypt, and the gods, it is said,
when unable to hold out against him, fled to Egypt, where, from
fear, they metamorphosed themselves into animals, with the
exception of Zeus and Athena. (