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Helios Sol -, Sun God

Greek: Ἥλιος, Sun God
Also Known As: "Ἥλιος"
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Son of Hyperion and Theia Euryphaessa - Myth
Husband of Hecate, Goddess of the New Moon; Leukothoe Princess of Persia; Clymene Asia; Eglé; Hyminé and 3 others
Father of Thersanon; Mérope; Astris ancestress of the Indian royal house; Ethérie; Phoebé and 26 others
Brother of Eos Dawn - Aurora and Séléné - Luna
Half brother of Pásalo and Acmón C.

Occupation: aka Helios; (there was a Helios-worshipping cult in Syria until Christian times), Titan Lord of Sight. Titan of the Sun
Managed by: Pam Wilson (may be slow to respond)
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About Helios

In Greek mythology the sun was personified as Helios (pronounced /ˈhiliˌɑs/) (Greek: Ἥλιος, Latinized as Helius). Homer often calls him simply Titan or Hyperion, while Hesiod (Theogony 371) and the Homeric Hymn separate him as a son of the Titans Hyperion and Theia (Hesiod) or Euryphaessa (Homeric Hymn) and brother of the goddesses Selene, the moon, and Eos, the dawn. The names of these three were also the common Greek words for sun, moon and dawn.

Helios was imagined as a handsome god crowned with the shining aureole of the sun, who drove the chariot of the sun across the sky each day to earth-circling Oceanus and through the world-ocean returned to the East at night. Homer described Helios's chariot as drawn by solar steeds (Iliad xvi.779); later Pindar described it as drawn by "fire-darting steeds" (Olympian Ode 7.71). Still later, the horses were given fiery names: Pyrios, Aeos, Aethon, and Phlegon.

As time passed, Helios was increasingly identified with the god of light, Apollo. The equivalent of Helios in Roman mythology was Sol, specifically Sol Invictus.