The golden-haired god of sun and light, (the light was symbolized by his golden arrows). Apollo was the god of music, play and golden lyre, as well as the protector of medicine and arts, foreteller, protector of flocks, roads, travellers and voyagers.
Apollon was embobying the sun, and his sister Artemis - the moon.
Son of Leto and Zeus, twin brother of Artemis, grandson of titans, Apollon was born on the rocky island of Delos, were his mother came , pursued by the jealous godess Hera. When Apollon was born, the whole island was flooded with sun light.
He had many children among them was Orpheus. Apollon was also the god who sent illness and death to people.
Among his victims were sons of Gods; he was punished with unshared love for the nymph Daphne, for mocking at Eros, the god of love.
Apollon was punished also by Zeus for killing the Cyclops, he was send to serve a human (in another variant he was sent, for eight years as a shepherd to king Admet).
In spring and summer Apollon was staying in Delphi, and in autumn he was flying in his chariot with white swans, to the place where the godess Latona was born.
The attributes of Apollon: silver bow and golden arrows, golden lyre; his symbols: laurel, olive, palm tree, dolphin, swan and wolf.
The famous sacred places of Apollon are: the oracle at Deplhi and Delos Island - his and Artemis birth place . Once in four years in Delos were held the holidays in Apollon's honour (during this time all the wars and executions were forbidden).
The oracle at Delphi was famous all over the ancient world. It was founded in the place where Apollon defeated Pifon, the dragon who was pursueing his mother. In the oracle Pifona was foretelling the Zeus will.
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