God of the Sun, Light, Music, and Prophecy


Apollo is the son of Zeus and the Titan Leto. When Hera found out that Zeus (her husband) had gotten Leto pregnant, she banned Leto from giving birth on land. Leto sought refuge from Hera's wrath on the island of Delos, which had just been formed and as a result, was not considered a real island yet . She gave birth there with the help of Apollo's twin sister Artemis who was born a day earlier. Leto then promised the Delians (the people who lived on Delos) that Apollo would always favor them because they had helped her. Two of Apollo's most famous children are Orpheus and the god of healing, Asklepios.

Apollo is the god of many things including music, poetry, art, oracles, archery, plague, medicine, sun, light, and knowledge. He is known for playing the lyre and shooting his silver bow. Apollo had many tasks but his most important one was moving the sun across the sky with his four-horse chariot every day. Apollo was an oracular god, which means he was a prophetic deity. In Apollo's case, he was the prophetic deity in the Oracle in Delphi. Although Apollo was skilled at medicine and healing, he was also able to make plagues and diseases using his arrows. Two of Apollo's sacred cities are Delphi and Delos. Apollo's sacred tree was the laurel and his sacred animal was the dolphin. He is often pictured as a young man with curly golden hair and sometimes has rays of sunshine emitting from his head.

Works Cited

<a href="http://greekgodsandgoddesses.net/gods/apollo/">Apollo: http://greekgodsandgoddesses.net</a> - Greek Gods & Goddesses, September 18, 2014