Zeus' jealous wife Hera prohibited the pregnant Leto from giving birth on solid ground by mystically compeling all the interconnected lands of Earth to reject her.
Leto found refuge on the floating island of Delos where she gave birth to the twins Artemis and Apollo. Olympians sometimes mature in days, or even minutes, and according to myths, Artemis helped deliver Apollo shortly after she was herself born. The siblings soon discovered their natural talent for archery and, using arrows forged by Hephaestus, slew the Earth-serpent Python that Hera had sent to attack Leto.
Later, Leto secured Delos with four pillars.
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