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  • Helios was the personification of the Sun in Greek mythology. He is the son of the Titan Hyperion with various mothers and brother of the goddesses Selene, the moon, and Eos, the dawn. Helios was described 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. In the Homeric hymn to Helios, Helios is said to drive a golden chariot drawn by steeds; and Pindar speaks of Helios's "fire-darting steeds". Still later, the horses were given fiery names: Pyrois, Aeos, Aethon, and Phlegon. As time passed, Helios was increasingly identified with the god of light, Apollo. However, in spite of their syncretism, they were also often viewed as two distinct gods. The equivalent of Helios in Roman mythology was Sol, specifically Sol Invictus.

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