This article is about the mountain in Greece. For the mountain near San Francisco, California, see Mount Sutro. For the town in New Zealand, see Parnassus, New Zealand. For the municipality in Greece see Parnassos . For the flower, see Grass of Parnassus.
Mount Parnassus is a mountain of barren limestone in central Greece that towers above Delphi, north of the Gulf of Corinth, and offers scenic views of the surrounding olive groves and countryside. According to Greek mythology, this mountain was sacred to Apollo, the Corycian nymphs, and the home of the Muses. The mountain was also favored by the Dorians. The name Parnassos seems etymologically related to the pre-Greek Substratum language (some call Pelasgian) that made use of *-ssos in placenames (eg. Knossos). *Parna- it has been suggested is derived from the same root as the word in Hittite meaning House.
Parnassus in mythology
Mount Parnassus is named after Parnassos, the son of the nymph Kleodora and the man Kleopompous. The