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In Greek Mythology, Apollo is the Olympian god of the sun (especially from Hellenistic poetry, where he usurped the role of Helios), prophecy, music, truth and the arts.
  • Apollo firing his arrows of the sun
  • Statue of Apollo
  • Apollo riding his chariot of the sun


Biography Edit

Apollo and his twin sister, the hunting goddess Artemis, were born to Zeus and the goddess Leto. When Hera sent a giant serpent to attack Leto to prevent her giving birth, she gave birth to Artemis and Apollo on the island of Delos.

In adulthood, Apollo battled the serpent (which was called Python) and killed it; he then built a temple on the site, which would soon become the temple of Delphi.
Temple of Delphi

The temple of Delphi; this was once the home of the mystic Oracle of Apollo, who acted as a mouthpiece for the gods and remained in operation until Emperor Theodosius I had the temple closed down


Role in Greek mythology Edit

Apollo has multiple roles in classical mythology. He is the god of music, and is often depicted with a lyre (an ancient instrument similar to a guitar), the god of prophecy, arts and the truth. He was also the sun god and pulled the sun across the heavens on a chariot pulled by griffins (he became associated with the sun in Hellenic and Roman poetry, after he took the role of Helios).