Mythical creatures and monsters


In Greek mythology, Python is a scaly dragon with a serpentine body. According to some versions, he is the son of Gaia, the mother of the earth.

When Zeus fell in love with the goddess Leto and she became pregnant, the goddess Hera (Zeus' wife) was angered and called upon the earth mother Gaia to help her and prevent Leto from giving birth anywhere in the world. She sent the dragon Python to pursue Leta. Leto fled from him to the island of Délos. Délos is an island and is therefore cut off from the mainland, which is why Gaia's power did not reach here. Moreover, after Létó entered the island, two rocks rose out of the sea, surrounded the island, and closed the way of Python. Here, Leto gave birth to the sun god Apollo and the goddess Artemis.

When Apollo came of age, he followed Python to his lair at Delphi. There he killed him with his arrows. On the spot where the dragon was buried, Apollo founded a temple and an oracle (Pytheia was there).