Apollo Jordan Garcia

Apollo's Bow

" Archers regard Apollo as their lord, for this is god who strikes from afar and when philortetes, for example, came to Italy after the Trojan war, he founded a sanctuary of Apollo to whom he dedicated his bow. This bow had been Hercules but the one used by Odysseus to massacre the suitors of Penelope had been first given to king Eurystheus of oechalid by apollo"

The Lyre

"In the process of recovering the cattle that the newborn Hermes had invented and was willing to give Hermes the cattle in exchange for the musical instrument. Hermes went pasturing the cattle and he now made a shepherd's pipe for himself. This pipe was so amazing that apollo desired it too, so he offered to give Hermes the golden wand which he used while he herded cattle, but in the bergain hermes received from apollo besides the wand, the art of divining by pebbles."

Birth/ place of Apollo

"Born in Lycia, which however, according to others would only mean " born of or in light" several towns and places claimed the honor of his birth, as we see from various local traditions mentioned by late writers. Thus Ephesians said that apollo and Artemis were born in the grove of ortygia near Ephesus"

Apollo's mother

"Leto was one of titanids, a bride of Zeus and the mother of twin gods Apollon and Artemis. She was the goddess of motherhood and, with her children a protectress of the young. She was also a goddess of modesty and womanly demure. Leto was pursued relentlessly by the goddess Hera who drove her from land to land preventing her from finding a place to rest and give birth"

Son of Zeus and leto

" the son of Zeus and Leto and the twin brother of Artemis. Apollo was the god of music( principally the lyre, and he directed the choir of the muses) and also of prophecy, colonization, medicine, archery ( but not for war or hunting) poetry, dance, intellectual inquiry and the carer of herds And flocks. He was also the god of plague and was woreshipped as smintheus ( from shinthosrat) and as parnopius ( from parnops, grasshopper) and was known as the destroyer of rats and locust, and according to homers Iliad, apollo shot arrows or plague into the Greek camp"

Apollo's first Achievement

"Apollo's first Achievement was to rid pytho( Delphi) of the serpent ( or dragon) python. This monstrous beast protected the sanctuary of pytho from its lair beside the Castilian spring. There it stood guard while the " sibyl" gave out her prophecies as she inhaled the trance inducing vapors from an open chasm. Apollo killed python with his bow and arrows ( homer wrote he killed the fearsome dragon python piercing it with his darts)"

God of religious and healing

"Apollo being the god of religious healing would give those guilty of murder and other immoral deeds a ritual purification. Sacred to Apollo are the swan (one legend says that Apollo flew on the back of a swan to the land of the hyperboreans he would spend the winter months among them) the wolf and the dolphin. His attributes are the bow and arrows on his head a laurel crown and the cithara( or lyre) and plectrum."


"Tityos (tityus) was an euboian or phokan giant who assulted the goddess Leto as she traveling to the shrine of Delphoi ( delphi). Her son Apollon quickly intervened and slew the blade of his golden sword. It's further punishment for his crime, tityos was staked to the ground in the underworld where two vultures were set to feed on his everlegenerating liver."

Apollo/ Hermes

"When Hermes and Apollon saw how Hephaestus had trapped his wife Aphrodite and ares ( god of war) in the act of love and displayed them for all the immortals to see Apollon asked Hermes how he would feel if he were trapped in such an embarrassing position. The light headed Hermes replied that he would " suffer thrice the bindings if only he could share the bed of Aphrodite the golden" (odyssey, book 8 line 323)

Immortal son of Zeus and Leto

"The name usually appears in the Greeks texts as Apollon, or phoibos Apollon. Phoibos meaning 'shining' or 'bright' Leto traveled for and wide to find the suitable birthplace for Apollon. She finally came to the rocky island of Delos and know that this would be the birthplace of her glorious son. The goddess, Delos made leto swear a great oath on the river Styx that her new son, phoibos would not abandon his birthplace and that he would always keep his temple on the humble island. Leto agreed Apollon was soon to be born on Delois."

Apollon( favorable son)

"Telemachus (son of Odysseus) was speaking and a falcon flew by with a pigeon in its claws, feathers rained down as the falcon tore its prey to pieces. A companion, theoklymenos, was sure that it was a favorable sign from Apollon" ( Odyssey book 15 line 526)

Apollo and Artemis

"Artemis is known as the goddess of the hunt and is one of the most respected of all for Ancient Greek deities. It is thought that her name and even the goddess herself may even pre-Greek. She was the daughter of Zeus(king of gods) and the titaness leto and she has a twin brother, the god Apollo. Not only was Artemis the goddess of the hunt, she was also known as the goddess of wild animals, wilderness, child birth and virginity. Also, she was protector of young children and was know to bring and relieve disease in women. In literature and are she was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrow. She was a virgin and drew the attention and interest of many gods and men. However, it was only her hunting companion, Orion that won her heart. It is believed that Orion was accidentally killed either by Artemis herself or by Gaia, the primordial goddess of the earth. Apollo and Artemis teamed up to kill the children of Niobe. Niobe bragged that she had birthed more children than Leto(the mother of Apollo and Artemis). The twins then hunted her children and killed them with their bows and arrows."


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