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Dictionary Definition

Phoebus n : Greek god of light; god of prophesy and poetry and music and healing; son of Zeus and Leto; twin brother of Artemis [syn: Apollo, Phoebus Apollo]

Extensive Definition

Phoebus (pronounced /ˈfiːbəs/ or /ˈfibəs/) is the Latin form of Greek Phoibos 'Shining-one', a byname used in classical mythology for the god Apollo.
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 car ("chariot") as a metaphor for the sun.
But in mythological texts the Sun-god and Apollo are otherwise not confused or identified. For example, in Ovid's Metamorphoses the hero Phaëton is son of Phoebus the sun-god, not son of Phoebus Apollo.
He should not be confused with Phobos.

Other uses

* Phoebus, Virginia
phoebus in French: Phébus
phoebus in Spanish: Febo
phoebus in Georgian: ფებოსი
phoebus in Japanese: ポイボス
phoebus in Portuguese: Febo
phoebus in Simple English: Phoebus
phoebus in Finnish: Foibos

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Agdistis, Amen-Ra, Amor, Aphrodite, Apollo, Apollon, Ares, Artemis, Ate, Athena, Bacchus, Ceres, Cora, Cronus, Cupid, Cybele, Demeter, Despoina, Diana, Dionysus, Dis, Eros, Gaea, Gaia, Ge, Great Mother, Hades, Helios, Hephaestus, Hera, Here, Hermes, Hestia, Hymen, Hyperion, Jove, Juno, Jupiter, Jupiter Fidius, Jupiter Fulgur, Jupiter Optimus Maximus, Jupiter Pluvius, Jupiter Tonans, Kore, Kronos, Magna Mater, Mars, Mercury, Minerva, Mithras, Momus, Neptune, Nike, Olympians, Olympic gods, Ops, Orcus, Persephassa, Persephone, Phoebus Apollo, Pluto, Poseidon, Proserpina, Proserpine, Ra, Rhea, Saturn, Savitar, Shamash, Sol, Surya, Tellus, Titan, Venus, Vesta, Vulcan, Zeus
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