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Apollo

 
 
 
 

Apollo playing one of his instruments

Apollo

The God of of light. Apollo Is the Greek mythological god of light, sun, truth, prophecy, archery, medicine, healing, plague, music, poetry, arts and more. Apollo was born on the sunny Greek Island of Delos. His dad was the great god Zeus, his mum was the  Leto and his sister was Artemis. At the time of his birth his mother his mother Leto had been forbidden to give birth by Zeus’ wife Hera, which forced them to take refuge on the island Delos. From a young age he was raised by the goddess Themis, who fed him the sacred necter of the gods called ambrosia. A few days after he was born Apollo killed a dragon Python, the dragon had been sent by Hera to kill Leto because she gave birth to Apollo. Apollo was punished for killing the dragon Python because it was a child of Gaia. Then Hera sent the giant Titios to kill leto. Artemis helped fight the giant but the battle was finished when Zeus came into battle and hurled the giant down tartarus.

Apollo had many mates both female and male but Apollo never married. This was because he insulted the god of love (Eros/Amor/cupid), Cupid then shot him with one of his special arrows so that Apollo would have an unsuccessful love life. Apollo’s strengths from a young age had been that he was very creative, handsome and he was supportive of all arts of civilisation and in many statues and paintings he is depicted as a beardless old man and has been depicted with women.

Apollo’s original myth

Apollo played a part in the Trojan war in which he would shoot arrows infected with plague into the Greek encampment as a revenge act because they kidnapped one of his priest’s daughters. He then played a role in rescuing key gods from the battle and later he played the famous role of guiding Paris’s arrow into Achilles heel, which is where the saying comes from, as a revenge act for the killing of another god called Troilus.

2 Historical extracts about Apollo

(Apollodorus 3.10.3)-  “Aesculapius was not a son of Arsinoe, daughter of Leucippus but that he was a son of Coronis, daughter of Phlegyas in Thessaly.” 

(Pausanias 8.20.4) – “The poets who song of Apollo’s love for Daphne make an addition to the tale; that Apollo became jealous of Leuippes because of his success in his love. Forthwith Daphne and other maidens concieved a longing swin in the Ladon, and stripped Leucippus in spite of his reluctance. Then, seeing that he was no maid, they killed him with their javelins and daggers.”   Written by Peter and Eddie

A statue of the God Apollo

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One response

  1. Apollo had many mates both female and male but Apollo never married. This was because he insulted the god of love (Eros/Amor/cupid), Cupid then shot him with one of his special arrows so that Apollo would have an unsuccessful love life. Apollo’s strengths from a young age had been that he was very creative, handsome and he was supportive of all arts of civilisation and in many statues and paintings he is depicted as a beardless old man and has been depicted with women.
    +1

    June 13, 2010 at 8:22 pm

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