Python in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
（Πύθων), the famous dragon who guarded the oracle of Delphi,
is described as a son of Gaea. He lived in the caves of mount
Parnassus, but was killed by Apollo, who then took possession
of the oracle. (Apollod. 1.1 ; Strab. ix. p.422.) - A
Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William
- A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.
Python in Wikipedia
In Greek mythology Python (Greek: Πύθων, gen.: Πύθωνος) was
the earth-dragon of Delphi, always represented in Greek
sculpture and vase-paintings as a serpent. She presided at
the Delphic oracle, which existed in the cult center for her
mother, Gaia, "Earth," Pytho being the place name that was
substituted for the earlier Krisa. Hellenes considered the
site to be the center of the earth, represented by a stone,
the omphalos or navel, which Python guarded.
Python became the chthonic enemy of the later Olympian deity
Apollo, who slew her and remade her former home and the
oracle, the most famous in Classical Greece, as his own.
Changes such as these in ancient myths may reflect a profound
change in the religious concepts of Hellenic culture. Some
were gradual over time and others occurred abruptly following