Apollo was god of many things. He is most often associated with light and archery, like his sister Artemis, and music, specifically the lyre. He is frequently shown as a handsome, beardless, young man with a lyre, bow, or laurel wreath.
Apollo was the son of Zeus and Let and the twin of Artemis with whom he was very close. Unlike his sister, Apollo had many lovers, the most famous of which was the nymph Daphne.
According to myth, Apollo mocked the god of love, Eros, for using a bow and arrow when he was not a warrior. Eros was insulted and as revenge he shot two arrows, one gold to inflame love and one lead to incite hatred. He shot Daphne with the lead arrow and Apollo with the golden one. Apollo became infatuated with Daphne, but he repulsed her. Apollo chased Daphne while she continued to run. When Apollo almost caught Daphne, she begged her father to help her escape and he then turned her into a laurel tree. When Apollo discovered what had happened he vowed to tend to her as a tree. He used his powers of youth and immortality to make her ever green and flourish eternally.
God of Prophecy, Music, and Light
- Home: Mount Olympus
- Offsrpring: Asclepios (god of healing), legendary musician Orpheus, and heroes Troilus and Aristaeus
- Roman Name: Apollo