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Leto

(lē`tō), in Greek mythology, daughter of the Titans Coeus and Phoebe and mother of Artemis and Apollo. When she conceived twins by Zeus, Hera sent the serpent Python after her and forbade all to give her rest or help. Finally Leto stopped on the island Delos and gave birth to Artemis and Apollo. The twins were devoted to their mother and assiduously protected her, as in the stories of NiobeNiobe
, in Greek mythology, queen of Thebes, wife of Amphion and daughter of Tantalus. The mother of six sons and six daughters, she boasted of her fruitfulness, saying that Leto had only two children.
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in Greek mythology, a huge serpent. In some myths the infant Apollo slew Python at the oracle of Gaea in Delphi; in others Apollo killed the serpent in order to claim the oracle for himself. The Pythian games celebrated the victory of Apollo over Python.
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. In Rome, Leto was called Latona.

Leto

 

in classical Greek mythology, a Titaness and a consort of Zeus. According to the myth, the jealous goddess Hera (another of Zeus’ wives) forbade any part of the earth to give Leto shelter during childbirth. The floating isle of Delos, which did not fall under the ban, became her refuge, and there she gave birth to twins, Apollo and Artemis.