A surname of Apollo, which is derived by some from his intricate and ambiguous oracles (λοξα, loxa), but it is unquestionably connected with the verb Λέγειν (Legein), and describes the god as the prophet or interpreter of Zeus.

When Cadmus and Harmonia sacked the temple of Apollo Loxias, the god transformed them into serpents.1



  1. Euripides. The Bacchantes, 1346.


  • Aeschylus. Eumenides, 19.
  • Aristophanes. Plutus, 8.
  • Eustathius on Homer, p. 794.
  • Herodotus. Histories i, 91; viii, 136.
  • Macrobius. Saturnalia i, 17.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.