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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, son of Apollo; his mother was a woman from Miletus, who, while she was pregnant with him, had a vision of being pierced with a ray of light. Branchus received prophetic abilities from Apollo and introduced the worship of the god at Didyma.[1] He also founded a shrine at Miletus.[2] His descendants, the Branchides, were an influential clan of prophets.[3] In other version, he is the son of Smycrus and lover of Apollo.
  • Branchus, father of Cercyon, by the nymph Argiope.[4]


  1. ^ Conon, 33
  2. ^ Statius, Thebaid, note 16
  3. ^ Pliny, Naturalis Historia, 5. 112
  4. ^ Apollodorus, The Library, E.1.3
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