In Greek mythology, Hyperion is a Titan and the father of Helios (the Sun), Selene (the Moon), and Eos (the Dawn). The name is also often used for the Sun himself. Hyperion has also at times been conflated with the god Apollo, who is the epitome of male beauty.

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