Greek God of the Sun
Apollo's Appearance: A young man with curly golden hair.
Symbol or Attribute: The Sun itself, the lyre (a type of musical instrument), the bow, and the chariot he drives across the sky daily.
Apollo's Strengths: Creative, handsome, supportive of all the arts of civilization.
Weaknesses: Like his father Zeus, Apollo is all too happy to emjoy the charms of nymphs (as well as the occasional youth,) and his conquests number in the dozens.
Birthplace of Apollo: On the sunny Greek island of Delos, where he was born along with his twin sister, Artemis. Another tradition gives the islands of Lato, now called Paximadia, off the southern coast of Crete.
Spouse: Apollo had many encounters, but no marriages. Flings with Cassandra, to whom he gave the gift of prophecy; Daphne, who fled from his embrace and turned into a laurel tree; and Calliope, with whom he had a child, Orpheus.
Apollo's Children: The enchanting semi-divine singer Orpheus and Asklepios, god of healing, are the most famous of Apollo's offspring.
Some Major Temple Sites of Apollo: The mountain town of Delphi, where a few columns from an early temple of Apollo still stand.\
Leto (Latona) and Zeus (Jupiter) are the parents of Apollo and his twin sister Artemis (Diana). The son of Apollo is Asclepius or Asculapius to whom Apollo transmitted the power to heal. Asclepius raised mortals from the dead, and so Zeus killed him with a thunderbolt. Apollo in return, killed the Cyclops who had created the thunderbolt.
Roman Equivalent: Unlike most of the Olympian gods, there was no special Roman variant of his name, so Apollo was called Apollo by the Romans.
Apollo is always depicted as a beardless young man or "ephebe". His attributes are the tripod, omphalos, lyre, bow and arrows, laurel, hawk, raven or crow, and fawn
Although often associated with the sun, Apollo is not really a sun god. Apollo is a god of healing, prophecy (oracles), the arts -- especially...