Parents: Apollo was born by Zeus, King of the Gods, and the Titaness 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 was a handsome, strong and youthful god with impressive golden hair.
Apollo's symbols were the lyre, the tripod, the laurel tree and the navel stone. His plants were the myrtle and the laurel tree. Apollo's sacred animals were the wolf, the raven and the lizard.
Apollo was worshipped as a "Mouse Daemon" in Ancient Troy and in the Greek islands. When he was in a bad mood, he caused the invasion of mice and transmitted the plague in one place. When he was in a good mood, he destroyed all the mice.
Apollo was the Greek god of music. He invented the lute (a plucked instrument with a pear-shaped body), but he was more popular because he played the lyre, which was invented by Hermes, the messenger of the gods.
Apollo was the leader of the Muses, the goddesses of Art and Sciences, which is why he was often called "Apollo Musagetes" in Ancient Greece.
Apollo excelled in important musical contests and competed against the Greek god Hermes and the Satyr Pan as well as other deities.
In addition, Apollo possessed the precious gift of prophecy, given to him by his father Zeus in his childhood. He was the patron of the ancient city of Delphi, where the first oracle of Ancient Greece was located. The district was considered in ancient times as the Navel of the World (the "Omphalus").
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