or Ægeon. A giant with fifty heads and a hundred hands. Homer says the gods called him Briareos, but men called him Ægeon. (Iliad, i. 403.)
Not he who brandished in his hundred hands His fifty swords and fifty shields in fight, Could have surpassed the fierce Argantes' might.
Tasso: Jerusalem Delivered, book vii.
Bold Briareus. Handel (1685-1756).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894