Enceladus (clear-voiced) In Greek and Roman mythology, a giant, son of Titan and Gaea. Enceladus fled from Phlegra to Sicily pursued by Zeus, who hurled a thunderbolt to destroy him. Mount Aetna was then placed above his body. When Enceladus turns over, an earthquake results. When the giant hisses and thrusts out his fiery tongue, Mount Etna erupts. Vergil’s Aeneid (book 3) cites the myth. In variant myths he was killed by Heracles or by Athena, who placed Mount Aetna over his body.
Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante