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Greek Mythology: Titans
Helios - God of the Sun

Much like Nyx (night), Helios arrives at dawn by chariot drawn by four fiery winged horses crowned with the aureole of the sun. He is also the Guardian of Oaths and sight. Known as the son of Hyperion (light) and Theia (sight), he also had many children and was known to have many lovers. You can find his list of children and mates here

"And Theia was subject in love to Hyperion and bare great Helios (Sun) and clear Selene (Moon) and Eos (Dawn) who shine upon all that are on earth and upon the deathless Gods who live in the wide heaven."
Hesiod, Theogony 371 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C8th or C7th B.C.)

"[Helios the Sun] rides his chariot, he shines upon men and deathless gods, and piercingly he gazes with his eyes from his golden helmet. Bright rays beam dazzlingly from him, and his bright locks streaming from the temples of his head gracefully enclose his far-seen face: a rich, fine-spun garment glows upon his body and flutters in the wind : and stallions carry him. Then, when he has stayed his golden-yoked chariot and horses, he rests there upon the highest point of heaven, until he marvellously drives them down again through heaven to Okeanos."
Homeric Hymn 31 to Helius (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th - 4th B.C.)


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Photo:Helios on His Chariot By Hans Adam Weissenkircher (1646-1695)

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