Zeus darting its lightning on Typhon. Side B from a Chalcidian black-figured hydria, ca. 550 BC.
Typhon was the last child of Gaia. After the defeat of his brothers Gigantes, Gaia urged him to avenge them, as well as his other brothers, the Titans.
Typhon started destroying cities and hurling mountains in a fit of rage. In the panic fear of Typhon, the gods fled to Egypt, where, in order to hide, they turned into a variety of animals: Zeus into the ram (leader), Hera into the cow, Aphrodite into a fish, Hephaestus into the ox, Heracles into a bird ibis. Only Athena stood on Mount Olympus, and she began a rebuke of Zeus because of cowardice, untill he again took his real face. Others say that Zeus and Athena bravely greeted Typhon.
Armed with his thunderbolts and steel sickle, Zeus chased Typhon all the way to Syria. When he managed to wound him, Zeus was engaged in combat with him. However, Typhon has proved to be a worthy opponent, and although wounded, managed to take steel sickle and to cut Zeus' tendons of the hands and legs. So he captured Zeus and entrusted his tendons to the dragon Delphyne. However, Hermes and Egipan managed to steal the tendons and return it to Zeus, who again attacked Typhon. Typhon threw rocks at Zeus, but the ruler of the gods blocked them with thunderbolts. The rocks returned to Typhon causing him serious wounds. Finally, Zeus threw Mount Etna at Typhon.
Pressed by Etna, Typhon still rebels and spits fire.