The task of Helios was to steer the sun chariot across the sky, which was being pulled by four stallions. Eos went before him, Selene followed in the evening. He corresponded to the sol of Roman mythology and was equated because of his power with Zeus , later with Apollo , with whom he shares the name Phoibos ("the shining one").
The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of Helios with a crown of rays.
Pedigree of the Titans
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Family tree of Helios
Apollo Sol with the seven-pointed sun crown of Helios, Roman floor mosaic, Tunisia, late 2nd century.
Helios statuette, Antalya Archeological Museum
Ceiling mosaic detail, Christ-Helios with seven- ray sun crown in the sun chariot; Mausoleum M (Julier), Vatican Necropolis, St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, 3rd century
- mosaic title: 'Christ as Sol Invictus ', interpreted as a Christ- Sol . The early Gentile Christians combine early Christian and pagan beliefs in this mosaic of Jesus Christ as the sun god . The triumphant, undefeated God Christ is pulled by two horses in his sun chariot. The vine tendrils of Dionysus , who, according to Greco-Roman mythology, came back / rose from the underworld, become the vine tendrils of Jesus.