Under her native name, Britomartis (= the sweet maiden) or Dictynna, she approaches Artemis and Leto, again associated with an infant god, and this Cretan virgin goddess was worshipped in Aegina under the name of Aphaea.
Proud of her numerous family, six daughters and six sons, she boasted of her superiority to her friend Leto, the mother of only two children, Apollo and Artemis.
Enmann, who interprets the name as "she who prevents increase" (in contrast to Leto, who made women prolific), considers the main point of the myth to be Niobe's loss of her children.
A0TW, Leto), daughter of Coeus and Phoebe, mother of Apollo and Artemis.
Leto, pregnant by Zeus, seeks for a place of refuge to be delivered.
In the oldest forms of the legend Hera is not mentioned; but afterwards the wanderings of Leto are ascribed to the jealousy of that goddess, enraged at her amour with Zeus.
The foundation of Delphi follows immediately on the birth of the god; and on the sacred way between Tempe and Delphi the giant Tityus offers violence to Leto, and is immediately slain by the arrows of Apollo and Artemis (Odyssey, xi.
Such are the main facts of the Leto legend in its common literary form, which is due especially to the two Homeric hymns to Apollo.
But Leto is a real goddess, not a mere mythological figure.
Lycia, one of the chief seats of the cult of Apollo, where most frequent traces are found of the worship of Leto as the great goddess, was probably the earlier home of her religion.
In Greek art Leto usually appears carrying her children in her arms, pursued by the dragon sent by the jealous Hera, which is slain by the infant Apollo; in vase paintings especially she is often represented with Apollo and Artemis.
The statue of Leto in the Letoon at Argos was the work of Praxiteles.
N.T., 54 sqq Leto, because it was foretold that Leto's son would kill the dragon.
Leto escapes to Ortygia, which Poseidon covers with the sea in order to protect Leto.
In this character she pursues with vindictive hatred the heroines, such as Alcmene, Leto and Semele, who were beloved by Zeus.
Among the best preserved is Leto and Niobe, which has been the subject of so many studies and so many publications (ibid.
Following the example of Pomponio Leto in Rome and of Cosimo de' Medici at Florence, Pontano founded an academy for the meetings of learned and distinguished men.
JULIUS POMPONIUS LAETUS [Giulio Pomponio Leto], (1425-1498), Italian humanist, was born at Salerno.
See The Life of Leto by Sabellicus (Strassburg, 1510); G.
In accordance with this, the epithet -yEvns will not mean "born of" or "begetting light," but rather "born from the she-wolf," in which form Leto herself was said to have been conducted by wolves to Delos.
She is the daughter of Zeus and Leto, twin-sister and counterpart of Apollo.
The other chief Homeric deities are Apollo and Artemis, children of Zeus by Leto, a mortal mother raised to divinity.
Homer knows the legend that a giant sought to lay violent hands on Leto (Od.
According to some legends Leto had been a were-wolf. ?
The derivation of Leto from Aa6Eiv, and the conclusion that her name means " the concealer " - that is, the night, whence the sun is born - is disputed by Curtius (Preller i.
386) Latmos being derived from the same root as Leto, Latona, the night.
In one version of the story of her birth she is said to have been born a day before Apollo, in order to assist Leto at his birth; women in childbirth invoked her aid, and after delivery offered up their clothes or a lock of hair.