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ˈhi liˌɒshe·lios

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  1. Heliosnoun

    (Greek mythology) ancient god of the sun; drove his chariot across the sky each day; identified with Roman Sol


  1. Heliosnoun

    The god of the Sun; son of Hyperion and Theia, father of Phaeton amongst others.

  2. Etymology: From Ἥλιος, from ἥλιος.


  1. Helios

    In ancient Greek religion and mythology, Helios (; Ancient Greek: Ἥλιος pronounced [hɛ̌ːlios], lit. 'Sun'; Homeric Greek: Ἠέλιος) is the god and personification of the Sun. His name is also Latinized as Helius, and he is often given the epithets Hyperion ("the one above") and Phaethon ("the shining"). Helios is often depicted in art with a radiant crown and driving a horse-drawn chariot through the sky. He was a guardian of oaths and also the god of sight. Though Helios was a relatively minor deity in Classical Greece, his worship grew more prominent in late antiquity thanks to his identification with several major solar divinities of the Roman period, particularly Apollo and Sol. The Roman Emperor Julian made Helios the central divinity of his short-lived revival of traditional Roman religious practices in the 4th century AD. Helios figures prominently in several works of Greek mythology, poetry, and literature, in which he is often described as the son of the Titans Hyperion and Theia and brother of the goddesses Selene (the Moon) and Eos (the Dawn). Helios' most notable role in Greek mythology is the story of his mortal son Phaethon who asked his father for a favour; Helios agreed, but then Phaethon asked for the privilege to drive his four-horse fiery chariot across the skies for a single day. Although Helios warned his son again and again against this choice, explaining to him the dangers of such a journey that no other god but him was capable to bring about, Phaethon was hard to deter, and thus Helios was forced to hand him the reins. As expected, the ride was disastrous and Zeus struck the youth with one of his lightning bolts to stop him from burning or freezing the earth beyond salvation. Other than this myth, Helios occasionally appears in myths of other characters, witnessing oaths or interacting with other gods and mortals.In the Homeric epics, his most notable role is the one he plays in the Odyssey, where Odysseus' men despite his warnings impiously kill and eat his sacred cattle the god kept at Thrinacia, his sacred island. Once informed of their misdeed, Helios in wrath asks Zeus to punish those who wronged him, and Zeus agreeing strikes their ship with a thunderbolt, killing everyone, except for Odysseus himself, the only one who had not harmed the god's cattle, and was allowed to live. After that, Helios troubles Odysseus no more in his journey. Due to his position as the sun, he was believed to be an all-seeing witness, and thus was often invoked in oaths. He also played a significant part in ancient magic and spells. In art he is usually depicted as a beardless youth in a chiton holding a whip and driving his quadriga, accompanied by various other celestial gods such as Selene, Eos, or the stars. In ancient times he was worshipped in several places of ancient Greece, though his major cult centers were the island of Rhodes, of which he was patron god, Corinth and the greater Corinthia region. The Colossus of Rhodes, a gigantic statue of the god, adorned the port of Rhodes until it was destroyed in an earthquake, thereupon it was not built again.


  1. helios

    Helios was a titan god in Greek mythology, who was identified with the sun and often depicted with a radiant halo. He was believed to ride a golden chariot drawn by four fiery horses across the sky each day, giving light and warmth to the earth.


  1. Helios

    Helios was the personification of the Sun in Greek mythology. Homer often calls him Titan or Hyperion, while Hesiod and the Homeric Hymn separate him as a son of the Titans Hyperion and Theia or Euryphaessa and brother of the goddesses Selene, the moon, and Eos, the dawn. Ovid also calls him Titan. Helios was imagined 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. Homer described Helios's chariot as drawn by solar steeds; later Pindar described it as drawn by "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.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Helios

    the god of the sun, mistakenly identified with Apollo, but of an older dynasty, was the brother of Selene (q. v.) and Eos (q. v.); a god of the brood of the Titans (q. v.), and the source of light to both gods and men; he rises from the bosom of Okeanos (q. v.) in the morning, and loses himself in his dark abyss every evening.


  1. Helios

    Helios is bike enthusiasts & dedicated riders. They understand the risks of sharing a road with automobiles, and believe that bikes should be just as visible as any other vehicle on the road.They are also inventors & entrepreneurs. They realize that the biking experience can be greatly improved in many different facets. By infusing bicycles with smart technology, they hope to revolutionize the way bikers interact with their bikes.


  1. Helios

    (He′lios). The Grecian sun-god, or charioteer of the sun, who went home every evening in a golden boat which had wings.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of HELIOS in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of HELIOS in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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