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Phoebus is the Latin form of Greek Phoibos (Φοῖβος) "Shining-one", a byname used in classical mythology for either the god Apollo or the sun.

Under the modern Greek spelling Phevos or Phivos (pronounced "Fivos") and paired with Athena, he was a mascot of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Classical Latin poets also used Phoebus as a byname for the sun-god, whence common references in later European poetry to Phoebus and his "winged chariot" as a metaphor for the sun.

In mythological texts the sun-god and Apollo are not otherwise confused or identified. For example, in Ovid's Metamorphoses the hero Phaëton is son of Phoebus the sun-god, not son of Phoebus Apollo.




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