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Picture of the Greek Sun God HELIOS from our Greek mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Greek Sun God

Also known as HELIUS

This bright young thing is God of the Sun

It’s sunshine sunshine all the way as he shines through the sky in his golden-winged chariot. From up there he sees everything that happens and is often called upon to shed light on events.

Son of HYPERION and THEA, he has a frankly staggering number of children. By turning the tables and following the sun from behind a cloud we have peered into his love life — and it seems to be ‘Go for it sunshine all the way’.

With his wife PERSE he bore four Aeetes of the Argonauts, and a little Perses and PASIPHAE and CIRCE. Next there was a liaison with Rhodos, one of the NYMPHS, who bore seven sons and the daughter Electryone.

Does it stop there? Not at all — he’s the father of ACHERON by GAIA, there’s an affair with the Oceanid CLYMENE and another seven daughters called the Heliades and his ill-fated son PHAETON. Then he has moved nearer to someone called Neara and two daughters PHAETHUSA and LAMPETIA arrived in time prove most useful in looking after his sacred cattle flocks.

Then he had the hots for Leocothea, but her sister Clytie who had already enjoyed HELIOS’s favors was jealous, and told her dad King Orcharios of Babylon — who condemned Leocothea to be buried alive. HELIOS arrived too late to restore her and so changed her into a shrub. In remorse, Clytie exposed herself to nature until she faded away, gazing all the time at HELIOS zooming through the Heavens. She was transformed at last into a heliotrope, which as you should know is a sunflower.

We last see him chasing after Anaxibia, another of the NYMPHS, who seems so far to have eluded him. Phew!


Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : the Sun
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Associated with : Sun
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : HELIUS
Popularity index : 30181

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Article last updated on 25 March 2013 by the Godchecker Team.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

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