Helios, the
Greek sun god,
was also known
as Sol in Roman
mythology. He
was the father of
Aeets and Circe.
He was married
to Perseis. He
had two sisters,
Selene, the
goddess of the
moon, and Eos,
the goddess of
dawn.
Ancient
Greeks believed
that everyday
Helios drove a
chariot pulled by
four horses
across the sky
with a giant
flaming ball in it.
He rode with his
sister Eos, the
goddess of dawn.
There are several
different stories
about how he got
back to the East.
One story says
that he rode in a
giant golden cup
on the river
Oceanus. In
other stories he
returned by boat.
Helios fed his
horses herbs on
the Isle of the
Blessed.

When Zeus
was dividing up
the universe,
Helios was either
gone or forgotten
so Zeus gave him
the island of
Rhodes where a
giant statue of
him stood. The
statue was
knocked down
by a giant
earthquake.
Helios’
journeys made
him an all-seeing
god, and people
often called upon
him to witness
their oaths. He is
often confused
with Apollo the
god of ligh
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