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In Greek mythology, the name Branchus (Greek: Βράγχος) refers to the following characters, who may or may not be identical:

  • Branchus, a son of Smycrus and lover of Apollo; his mother was a woman from Miletus, who, while she was pregnant with him, had a vision of the sun entering her mouth and reaching her belly. Hence when the child was born, he was named Branchus. When he was a young man, he came across Apollo in the forest and kissed him. Apollo embraced him in return and gave him a crown and a staff.[1] Branchus, receiving prophetic abilities from Apollo, introduced the worship of the god at Didyma.[2] He also founded a shrine at Miletus.[3] His descendants, the Branchides, were an influential clan of prophets.[4]
  • Branchus, father of Cercyon, by the nymph Argiope.[5]


  1. ^ Pepin, Ronald E. (2008). The Vatican Mythographers. Fordham Univ Press. ISBN 9780823228928.
  2. ^ Conon, 33
  3. ^ Statius, Thebaid, note 16
  4. ^ Pliny, Naturalis Historia, 5. 112
  5. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus. Epitome, 1.3