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Latona

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Discover the myths surrounding Latona, the Titan and Roman goddess of motherhood and modesty and the mother of
Apollo and Diana by Jupiter. The Titans were members of a mythological race of giants who ruled the Earth until overthrown by Jupiter and the Olympian gods during the battle of the gods called the Titanomachy. Latona was the daughter of Polus and Phoebe from the very first dynasty of Titan gods.

Who was Latona?
Latona was the second generation of Titan gods and was revered as the goddess of motherhood and modesty by the Romans. She was one of the extraordinary number of gods and goddesses worshipped by the Ancient Greeks. The Titans were the descendents of the first  gods or divinities, called the primordial or primeval gods, who were born out of Chaos. The legend and myth about the Roman goddess of motherhood and modesty,  and the Titans has been passed down through the ages and plays an important role in the history of the Ancient World and the study of the classics.

Facts about Latona
Latona features in the Creation myth of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The following information, facts and profile provides a fast overview of Latona:

  • Greek Name: Leto

  • Role & Function: The function of the goddess is described as being the goddess of motherhood and modesty

  • Status: A goddess in the second dynasty of Titans and lover of Jupiter

  • Gender: Female

  • Name of Consort: Jupiter

  • Name of Father: Polus

  • Name of Mother: Phoebe

  • Names of Brothers: None

  • Names of Sisters: Asteria

  • Names of Children: Her union with Jupiter produced her twins, Apollo and Diana

The Children of Latona and Jupiter
The union between the beautiful Latona and her lover Jupiter produced her twins, Apollo and Diana. Latona was a wondrous beauty and was greatly loved by Jupiter. However their union was not a happy one due to the jealousy of Juno, the wife of Jupiter.  Juno persecuted Latona and sent the dreadful serpent Python to terrify and torment her wherever she went. Jupiter took her to the island of Delos where she gave birth, unmolested to her twin-children, Apollo, the god of the sun and music and Diana, the goddess of the hunt and the moon.

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