We were solar eclipse ready, and fully enjoyed viewing with our residents. ????? While “totality” didn’t translate to a blackout, we were able to appreciate the magnitude of the relationship between the sun and the moon. As a refresher on Greek Mythology, Helios was the God of the Sun…so we’d like to think we had something to do with yesterday’s phenomenon. If you’re into a little history lesson, below are some fun facts about the origins of Helios.

HELIOS was one of the Titans, as son of Hyperion and Theia. His name embodied the meaning of Sun. His sisters were Greek goddesses Selene, ruling The Moon, and Eos, the goddess of  Dawn. Based on Greek mythology, every day Helios drove the chariot of the sun across the sky pulled by horses named Pyrois, Aeos, Aethon and Phlegon.

Helios was father of Aeëtes and Circe by Perse, and of Phaëthon by the nymph (a.k.a. mortal) Rhode, also known as Clymene.

One of the best known stories around Helios revolves around his son Phaethon, who tried to drive his father’s chariot; however, he lost control and set the earth on fire. Zeus intervened and threw a thunderbolt at Phaethon, killing him instantly to prevent death of all mortals.

Helios was often referred to simply as Titan, especially in Rome, where he was also known as Sol (god of the sun). In later years, his name and association was replaced by that of Apollo. 

In Hellenic times, Helios was often associated with the god of light, Apollo. However, Helios and Apollo were readily viewed as two separately identifiable gods or titans. Helios was a Titan; Apollo was an Olympian. The equivalent of Helios in Roman mythology was Sol.

Hope you enjoyed your quick history lesson. Here are Helios Apartments, we rise with the sun and get things done!