The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Python (mythology)

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Edition of 1920. See also Python (mythology) on Wikipedia, and the disclaimer.

PYTHON, in Greek mythology, was the son of Gæa, an enormous serpent which was produced from the mud after the flood of Deucalion. It lived in a cave on Mount Parnassus and was slain a few days after its birth by Apollo. Python really represents the fogs and vapor-clouds which arise from ponds and marshes and are dispersed by Apollo with his shafts — the rays of the sun. Consult Pascal, C., ‘Studii di antichità e mitologia’ (1896).