In Greek Mythology Briareus is one of the Hecatonchires, the hundred-handed ones with fifty heads. His mother, Gaia, is the most ancient Greek goddess, known as mother earth. He also has two brothers: Gyes, the king of Cydia, and Coltus. Briareus is thrown into Tartarus by Uranus, but is then rescued by Zeus, whom he then urges to help him in the struggle against the Titans. During that battle, the Hecatoncheires take advantage of their one hundred hands by throwing rocks at the Titans.