According to Greek mythology, Orion was the greatest hunter of all times. Poseidon granted him the power to walk across the sea without drowning.
Orion was born of the earth (or of Poseidon, god of the seas and queen of the Amazons Euryale, who was daughter of King Minos of Crete). Orion's first wife was Side, a vain young girl who was sent to the Underworld by Hera because she thought she could rival the goddess in beauty. Orion was also a lover of Eos, the goddess of dawn, and even had a relationship with Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, but this was not approved by Apollo, Artemis' brother.
Orion was very vain and boasted that he could beat any animal on earth.
Orion was very strong and stately, and had a body of gigantic proportions. He usually carried an unbreakable bronze club with which he killed animals.
Orion was killed by Artemis on the island of Delos because he challenged Artemis to a contest in throwing. According to another myth, Orion's death was caused by the bite of a scorpion.
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