Latona (in Roman Mythology), or Leto (in Greek mythology), was a goddess, daughter of Phoebe and Céos, and mother of Phoebus (Apollo) and Diana (Artemis). It was the goddess of nightfall. Latona was a lover goddess of Jupiter. She was a goddess of motherhood and with her children, a protector of children. Her name and iconography suggest that she was also a goddess of modesty and demure.
Like her sister Astéria she may also have been a goddess of the night, or, alternatively, of daylight. When she became pregnant with the two, whose father was Jupiter, she had to flee from the wrath of the jealous supreme goddess Juno (Hera), who had asked Gaia not to give way on earth so that the goddess could give birth to her children. The floating island of Delos eventually provided him with refuge.
To give birth to the children on the island, she had to flee the Python snake, which Apollo would later kill. Later, when she later traveled to Delphi, the Titans tried to kidnap her, but Apollo intervened and killed him with arrows.