LETO - Mother of Apollo and Artemis

Leto was the daughter of the Titans Coeus and Phoebe. Coeus was the Titan god of intelligence and Phoebe was the Titaness of the moon. She was the goddess of Things Unseen. Leto was the sister of Asteria, the goddess of Zeus noticed Leto's beauty and ravished her. She became pregnant and Hera was very jealous of her. Hera told everyone not to allow her a place to give birth. Leto finally made it to the island of Delos. She was able to stay there because the island was actually her sister Asteria who had been transformed into the island while trying to escape from Zeus. When Leto gave birth, it was through terrible pain because the goddess of childbirth, Ileithyia, was forbidden by her mother Hera from going to Leto.

Leto gave birth first to Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, wilderness, and animals. She was also a protectress of maidens and was able to help her mother give birth to Artemis's twin brother Apollo. Apollo was the god of light, music, prophecy, and healing.


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