Here's a quick guide to the basic facts about the Greek god of the sun, Apollo.
If you are a fan of Greek mythology, you can find more information on the Apollo the Greek God Facts. Apollo is one of the main gods in Greek mythology. This young man is always depicted with curly golden hair. Many statues and pictures also depict him with rays of sun emating around his head. Look at the complete facts about Greek God Apollo on the facts below.
Greek God Apollo is one of the most complex and important gods, and is the god of many things, including: music, poetry, art, oracles, archery, plague, medicine, sun, light and knowledge. He is the son of ZEUS and the Titan Leto, and was born in the Greek God island of Delos, along with his older twin sister ARTEMIS goddess of the hunt. Greek God Apollo is the ideal of the kouros, which means he has a beardless, athletic and youthful appearance. He is also an oracular god as a patron of Delphi and could predict prophecy through the Delphic Oracle Pythia.
Apollo does not marry or have many children, though sometimes he falls in love. Apollo is a wise god, the god of reason, logic, self-control and calm like Spock in Star Trek. He can tell the future, and his temple at Delphi was a famous oracle, a place where people went to find out what was going to happen. One of his sons is Asclepius, the god of medicine. Greek God Apollo is also a musician who plays the lyre.
The Greeks God told a story that when Apollo first came to Delphi there was a great snake living there, a sort of dragon, the Pythia. Apollo killed the dragon and that was how Delphi became his temple. This might mean that there was an earth goddess that people worshipped at Delphi before the ancient greeks mythology came with their new god Apollo.
Here Are Some Facts About the Ancient Greek God Apollo
- Apollo’s father was Zeus and his mother was a Titaness called Leto.
- Artemis, the hunter, is his twin sister.
- In Ancient Greek mythology, Apollo was the Sun God. He was responsible for the movement of the Sun across the sky. He moved the Sun with a chariot pulled by golden horses.
- Apollo was also the god of archery, prophecy and music.
- He was a skilled musician and played the lyre.
- Apollo killed the Python at Delphi, allowing him to establish the famous Oracle.
- Apollo was proud and artistic. He could be cruel, yet was very caring towards his mother and sister.
- He carried a golden bow and arrows and he often appeared to be gold and shimmering himself, like the Sun.
- Apollo was associated with woods and forests, and the raven was his special bird.
- He had three sons: Orpheus, Asclepius and Aristaaeus.
- Apollo had healing powers.