Apollo Facts

Apollo Facts
Apollo is one of Greek mythology's most important gods, a beardless, youthful, and athletic figure. He is the god of the sun, light, knowledge, music, art, poetry, oracles, medicine, archery, and prophecy. Apollo is the son of Zeus and Leto. His twin sister Artemis is the goddess of the hunt. As the god of sun, Apollo moved the sun with his chariot and golden horses. Apollo's appearance was gold and shimmering, with golden hair and a muscular physique. Symbols associated with Apollo include the golden chariot, bows and arrows, the raven, the lyre, the wolf, deer, and the laurel tree.
Interesting Apollo Facts:
Apollo's mother Leto is the goddess of dark nights.
Apollo's father Zeus is the king of gods, ruling at Mount Olympus.
Apollo was born on the Greek island Delos.
As a child Apollo was fed ambrosia - nectar that was sacred to the gods.
Apollo's strengths included creativity, handsomeness, and supportiveness of the arts.
Apollo's weaknesses included nymphs, and he is not lucky in love.
Apollo was in love with a mortal named Cassandra but she did not return his affection. Apollo ensured that none of her prophecies would be believed.
Apollo never married formally but had relationships with Daphne, Acacallis, and Calliope.
Apollo had a child with Calliope whom they named Orpheus. Apollo also had two other sons named Troilus, Aristaaeus and Asclepius.
Apollo's son Troilus was born after Apollo had an affair with Hecuba, the wife of the King of Troy.
Apollo was known as a skilled musician and he played his golden lyre very well.
Despite Apollo's ability to be cruel, he was known to be very kind to his sister and his mother.
Apollo was a teacher of medicine and became known as 'the healer'.
Apollo has also been referred to as the God of Truth, and as the God of Light.
The animals most sacred to Apollo were the swan and the dolphin. The raven was also very special to him.
Apollo's tree was the laurel. In Greece this tree is a status symbol.
Apollo killed Hyacinthus, his closest friend, by accident during a discus contest.
Apollo was one of 12 gods at Mount Olympus. These 12 were the principle gods of Greek mythology.
When the giant Tityos tried to carry off Leto, Apollo's mother, Apollo slayed the giant.
Apollo slayed the python at Delphi where it jealously guarded the oracle (a divine prophet). Apollo also guarded the oracle against Hercules when he became angry with her.
Apollo also appears in Ancient Rome - he was worshipped as a sun god and healing god.
During the Trojan War Apollo shot arrows infected with the plague into a Greek encampment. He was also involved in helping Paris to kill Achilles.
Apollo's other names included Aegletes, Phoebus, Helios, and Phanaeus.
Apollo's Greek name was Phoebus Apollo.
When Apollo was angry he sent mice to invade Troy or Greece. When he returned to a good mood he would destroy the mice. Because of this Apollo was also referred to as a 'Mouse Daemon'.

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