There are several versions of the myths surrounding the births of the twins. In one, Artemis was born first and then assisted her mother with the birth of Apollo. Some sources add to this that Artemis was born nine days before Apollo. In another version, Leto was attended by the Titan Goddesses Dione, Rhea, Theia, Themis, and Amphitrite. The Goddess of childbirth, Eileithyia, who usually came to oversee births, had not heard Leto's calls because she was with her mother Hera on Mount Olympus, and Hera did not want her to help Leto. The assembled Goddesses sent Iris, Goddess of rainbows and the messenger of the Gods, to bring Eilithyia, and when she finally arrived the twins were born.
From this point forward, Leto was almost always mentioned in conjunction with one or both of her children. Leto's name, which means "unseen," is also seen as LATONA (Roman version), and epithets used for her include KOIEIS, KOIOGENEIA, KOIOGENES (all meaning "daughter of Koios"), KHRYSELAKATOS (with golden spindle), PHYSTIE (grafter), DARK-GOWNED, DARK-VEILED, AUGUST, GLORIOUS, QUEENLY, BRIGHT-HAIRED, LOVELY-HAIRED, RICH-HAIRED, GOLD-TRESSED, NEAT-ANKLED, SLIM-WAISTED, FAR-FAMED, and TWIN-BEARING.
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