In this picture, the primordial god of the upper air, Aether, is depicted wrestling a lion-headed giant.

Aether in battle with a lion-headed giant - Pergamon Museum

Is there a myth/story for this anywhere?


The lion-headed giant apparently is Leon, who, according to Ptolemy Hephaestion was slain by Herakles during the Gigantomachy:

Herakles did not wear the skin of the Nemean lion, but that of a certain Leon (Lion), one of the Gigantes (Giants) killed by Herakles whom he had challenged to single combat.

Source: Ptolemy Hephaestion, New History Book 5 (summary from Photius, Myriobiblon 190) (trans. Pearse) (Greek mythographer C1st to C2nd A.D.)

Unfortunately, I do not think a tale of Leon battling Aether survive.

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