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Apollo Belvedere, restored Roman copy of the Greek original attributed to Leochares, 4th century elipsis
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Classical Latin poets also used Phoebus as a byname for the sun-god, whence common references in later European poetry to Phoebus and his car ("winged chariot" ) as a metaphor for the sun.
But in mythological texts the Sun-god and Apollo are otherwise not confused or identified. For example, in Ovid's Metamorphoses the hero Phaëton is son of Phoebus the sun-god, not son of Phoebus Apollo.