Birth of Artemis and Apollo

By : Lawrence J.

Intro

The birth of Apollo and Artemis is an interesting topic. Apollo and Artemis are twins and their parents are Zeus and Leto. They are Olymipian Gods. In most myths, Artemis was born first and Apollo was second.

How were Artemis and Apollo born?

Their parents were Zeus and Leto. Leto was a nymph Zeus had an affair with and was hated by Hera. When Leto became pregnant, Hera found out. Hera forbade any place that provided shelter and sun to Leto. Zeus felt sorry for Leto and transformed her into a quail. Leto eventually found an island that had waves clashing against the shore. After 10 days, Leto went to a lake and gave birth to Artemis. Artemis then acted as a midwife to Leto to bring Apollo to the world.

Where were Apollo and Artemis born?

Apollo and Artemis were born on the island of Delos. Delos is an island near Mykonos and it was hard for Leto to give birth to them because Hera sent creatures to prevent birth. Leto struggled to find a place but she eventually found Delos and gave birth to Apollo and Artemis there.
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What were Artemis and Apollo Gods of?

Apollo was the god of music, medicine, archery, art, and the sun. He played the lyre that Hermes traded him for cattle. Artemis was the godess of the hunt, wilderness, fertillity, and the moon. Artemis hunted and helped give birth to Apollo so she was the god of fertillity.

Apearence of Artemis and Apollo

Since Artemis is the goddess of the hunt, she usually carries bows and arrows. Apollo is the god of music, so he carries his lyre and has golden hair. He is also the god of archery, so he carries a bow.

Family of Artemis and Apollo

Artemis and Apollo were twins. Their father was Zeus, the ruler of Mount Olympus. Their mother was Leto, a nymph. Apollo never married but had relationships with Daphne and Cyrene (nymphs). He also had a relationship was a mortal named Coronis. Artemis wished to never be married.

Words to Know

nymph- nature goddesses that populated Greece

lyre- stringed instrument like a U-shaped harp with strings fixed to a crossbar, used in ancient Greece

fertility- to give birth/birthrate

Fun Facts

  • Artemis got her bow and arrows from Hephaestus and the Cyclops.
  • Artemis obtained her hunting dogs from Pan, the god of the forest. Pan gave her seven female and six males dogs.
  • Artemis is 1/3 goddess that never married. Hestia and Athena were the other 2.
  • Apollo drove his golden chariot to bring sun every day.
  • Apollo liked Daphne but Daphne didn't like him, Daphne went to her Dad for help and her Dad turned Daphne into a laurel tree and that's a symbol of Apollo.

Conclusion

Apollo and Artemis are twins. They were born on Delos and their parents were Zeus and Leto. Zeus had an affair with Leto and Hera found out, she sent creatures to prevent the birth of Artemis and Apollo. Leto went to Delos and had Artemis first. Artemis acted like a midwife and brought Apollo to the world. Artemis is the goddess of he hunt, wilderness, fertillity, and the moon and Apollo is the god of music, medicine, archery, art, and the sun. He played the lyre that Hermes traded him.

Sources

Book

McCaughrean, Geraldine. Greek Gods and Goddesses. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.


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