By: Madi Mohar
Family and Origin
Zeus, god of the sky and the rain, married his sixth wife, Leto,daughter of the Titans Coeus and Ohoebe. Leto quickly became pregnant with twins and Zeus' main wife Hera became angry that Zeus had married Leto. In anger and jealousy, Hera band llithyia, goddess of childbirth, to help Leto with her birth. When Leto came close to birth, the other goddesses bribed Hera to let Ilithyia help Leto and finally Hera gave in and let Ilithyia help. Leto then gave birth to twins Artemis, goddess of hunt and creatures and Apollo, god of music, light, and reason.
Apollo and Artemis
Apollo fell in love with many different types of people. His first love was a nymph Daphne. Apollo had a deep affection for her, but she didn’t feel the same. One day Daphne tried to run, but he chased her to the river bank where he finally caught up as she changed herself into a tree. Apollo's next love was Cyrene, another nymph. She then gave birth to Aristaeus, a demi-god of hunting and bee-keeping and the protector of cattle and fruit trees. After Cryene, Apollo loved Hecuba, who bore Troilius. Next came Cassandra, who also rejected him. After that Apollo fell in love with Coronis who bore Asclepius, god of healing. Soon after Coronis had an affair and Apollo had her burned.
Oracle of Delphi
When Hera found out that Zeus had an affair with Leto and that Leto was to have children, she sent a dragon, Python, to make sure that she couldn't give birth. Fortunately, Leto escaped and was able to give birth to Apollo and Artemis. When Apollo was old enough, he was told about Python chasing his mother. In anger, Apollo rode in his chariot to Mount Parnassus where he then chases the dragon to the oracle of Gaia at Delphi. There the two fought until Apollo shot Python dead with his arrows. The Oracle of Delphi, a temple, became Apollo's.
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