"The prophecy that Phoebus Apollo had made to him in sacred Pytho"
The temple of Apollo at Delphi
GNU Free Documentation LicenseThe temple of Apollo at Delphi - Credit: Ifernyen/Wikimedia Commons

Pytho refers to the serpent of Delphi, who protected the site believed to be at the centre of the earth, and was one of Apollo’s enemies. Apollo slew the monster and claimed her shrine, Delphi, as his own. Delphi was one of the main oracles in ancient Greece, a place where people could go to receive prophecies from the god Apollo via his priestess.