Helios was the original sun god. He resided in a palace in Anatolia, now Turkey (named for 'Ανατολη meaning east or sunrise).


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The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the original Seven Wonders of the World

He drove his golden chariot across the sky each day. His sister, Selene, takes over each night. Then, Helios' other sister, the rosey-cheeked goddess Eos , drived her chariot across the sky making dawn. She then dived into the sea to bathe until the next day.

Helios has several children, five girls (known as the Heliades) and one son (known as Phaethon). He is the son of Hyperion, the Titan, and sibling to Selene, goddess of the moon, and Eos, goddess of the dawn. When in the sky, he could see all. Helios was known to be a gossip (he informed Hephaestus of Aphrodite's affair with Ares), so most would try to be careful of what they did during the day.

Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes was a massive statue built around the year 408 B.C. in honor of Helios. It was located in the northern end of the Rhodes island.


  • Whether Helios or Apollo is the original or definite sun god is open to debate, however both of them can be the gods of the sun, just like Oceanus and Poseidon are gods of the sea.


Colossus of Rhodes

Colossus of Rhodes

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