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The Greek gods interacted face-to-face with humans and demi-gods on numerous occasions. For just one example, several of them fought on the battlefields of Troy, presumably standing right next to hundreds of other warriors.

In such instances, are the gods described as being especially large? Did they tower over the battlefield like Sauron in the opening scene of the LOTR movies, or were they essentially the size of all the other people on the battlefield?

I have always pictured the Greek gods as mostly human-sized (when they weren't deliberately shapeshifting of course), but I recently encountered several people who argued that the Greeks envisioned them as giants on the scale of the statues in their temples. I'm wondering if there is any source for that impression?

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The gods were able to sometimes pass as human, so I would argue human sized.

https://classroom.synonym.com/interaction-humans-gods-greek-mythology-13678.html has a couple examples. Specifically:

  1. Demeter disguising herself as an old woman
  2. Zeus and Hermes disguising themselves as humans
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There is 1 reference I know of Zeus battling typhon he picked up mount etna and buried the giant under it

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    Can you share this reference with us? – Tom Sol Apr 16 at 17:19
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    Surely as a god he could pick up a mountain while still being human sized. Or does your reference say otherwise? – Chenmunka Apr 16 at 17:46
  • He was a lot smaller than typhon but the gods in their natural size could trample humans – Palkia Catcher Apr 17 at 20:07
  • He was a lot smaller than typhon but the gods in their natural size could trample humans – Palkia Catcher Apr 17 at 20:07
  • @PalkiaCatcher what is your source of reference? – Tom Sol Apr 18 at 20:13

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