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Olympian Gods » Apollo, the God of the Sun and the Music

Apollo's representation Apollo was the Olympian God of the Sun, the Light, the Music and the Prophecy

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Family of Apollo

Parents: Apollo was born by Zeus, the King of the Gods, and the mortal woman Leto on the Greek island of Delos. [Read the story...]
Siblings: Apollo had an older twin sister, the Greek goddess of the hunt Artemis.
Relationships: The Nymphs Cyrene and Daphne and the mortal Coronis.
Children: Asclepius (the god of Healing), the legendary musician Orpheus and the heroes Troilus and Aristaeus.

Apollo, the God of Music

Apollo was the Greek god of the Music. He invented the lute(a plucked string instrument with a body shaped like a pear), but he was more popular for playing the lyre, which was invented by Hermes, the messenger of the gods. Apollo excelled in important music contests, competing against Greek god Hermes and the Satyr Pan as well as other deities.

Apollo, the God of Prophecy

In addition, Apollo owned the precious gift of prophecy, given to him by his father Zeus in his infancy. He was the patron of the ancient city of Delphi, where the first oracle of Ancient Greece was located. The district was considered to be the Navel of the World (the "Omphalus") in Ancient times.

Appearance of Apollo

Apollo was a handsome, strong and youthful god with impressive golden hair.

Symbols of Apollo

Apollo's symbols were the lyre, the tripod, the laurel tree and the navel stone. His plants were the myrtle and the laurel. Apollo's sacred animals were the wolf, the raven and the lizard.

Myths and Fables about Apollo

Apollo in the Land of the Hyperboreans
Apollo in the Land of the Hyperboreans
Apollo's Wedding Proposal
Apollo's Wedding Proposal
The Birth of the Twins Apollo and Artemis
The Birth of the Twins Apollo and Artemis
Apollo's Fight with the monstrous Python
Apollo's Fight with the monstrous Python
Apollo, Daphne and the Laurel Tree
Apollo, Daphne and the Laurel Tree
Apollo and Hyacinth
Apollo and Hyacinth
The Musical Contest between Apollo and Marsyas
The Musical Contest between Apollo and Marsyas

Places of Worship related to Apollo

Places of worship of Apollo-Portara, Naxos
Portara, Naxos
Places of worship of Apollo-Temple of Apollo Epikourios in Bassae, Messenia
Temple of Apollo Epikourios in Bassae, Messenia
Places of worship of Apollo-Temple of Apollo Patroos
Temple of Apollo Patroos in Ancient Athens, Greece
Places of worship of Apollo-Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo in Ancient Corinth, Greece
Places of worship of Apollo-Temple of Apollo Delphinus
Temple of Apollo Delphinus in Delphi, Greece

Games in honor of Apolloclick to expand

Pythian Games
The Pythian Games

Titles of Apolloclick to expand

Alexikakos ("keeping away the bad") , Asimodoxaros ("Silver-Bowed") , Citharoedus ("holding a cithara/lyre") , Epikourios ("helping") , Lyceus ("guide of the wolves") , Makrosagitaris ("hitting the target from afar") , Musagetes ("leader of the Muses") , Patroos ("from the fathers") , Phoebos ("bright") , Pythios ("killer of the Python")