What Does Phoebus Mean?


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Phoebus is another name for Apollo from Greek mythology. He is the Greek deity of light, prophesy, poetry, music and healing. He was the son of Zeus and Leto. Phoebus is the Latin form of Greek Phoibus which means 'Shining-one' in literal terms. He is known as Phivos in the modern spelling of Greek language. He was paired with Athena, the goddess of civilization, wisdom, crafts and the noble side of war when Phoebus was the mascot of the 2004 Olympics held in Athens.

This term is used to indicate the sun-god in European literature and is often used as a metaphor for the sun. Light indicates enlightenment and knowledge. Therefore he was also the god of enlightenment. He is a very popular figure and is known for his exploits and anger. Yet he is not depicted as nice and has had many affairs with various women.

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