Python and Oracle of Delphi Picture

"Indeed Tellus (the Earth), against her will, produced a Serpens (Serpent) never known before, the huge Python, a terror to men's new-made tribes, so far it sprawled across the mountainside. When the serpent Python, which guarded the oracle, moved to prevent Apollon from approaching the oracular opening, he slew it and thus took command of the oracle. The Deus Arctitenens (Archer god) Apollon, whose shafts till then were used only against wild goats and fleeing deer, destroyed the monster with a thousand arrows, his quiver almost emptied, and the wounds, black wounds, poured forth their poison."

Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. 22
Ovid, Metamorphoses 1. 434 ff

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