Fact 2: He was the son of Zeus and Leto
(the goddess of dark nights) and the god
of the sun, prophecy and music and the
twin brother of Artemis
Fact 3: He was one of the principle 12
Olympian gods who resided on the summit
of Mount Olympus where the Olympians
fasted on the ambrosia, the food of the
gods and nectar the drink of the gods.
He played beautiful music with his
Fact 4: The symbols associated with this
god are the raven, music and dancing,
the lyre, the laurel tree, the wolf,
deer, swans and his silver bows and
arrows and golden chariot.
Fact 5: His association with the golden
chariot was because, as god of the sun
and light, he drove the sun across the
Fact 6: Apollo, as with Zeus his father,
had many love affairs with goddesses and
mortals but unlike his father he was was
unlucky in love.
Fact 7: One of the myths relating to
Apollo concerned a nymph called Daphne.
Apollo was renown as a great archer and
teased Eros, god of love because of his
small size and criticised his skills
with his arrows. In revenge Eros shot a
golden arrow at Apollo that filled him
with desire and lust. He shot a lead
arrow at Daphne which had the completely
opposite effect. Daphne ran from the god
but he kept pursuing her. She eventually
appealed to her father for help and she
was transformed into a laurel tree.
Fact 8: He desired Cassandra, who
featured in the Trojan War. He was the
god of prophecy and promised Cassandra
the same gift if she became his lover.
He kept his side of the bargain but
Cassandra did not. He got his revenge by
dooming Cassandra to utter true
prophecies that no one would ever
Fact 9: Coronis was the lover of Apollo
but he believed she was untrustworthy.
The god sent a white raven to watch over
her and the raven informed Apollo that
she had been unfaithful. The goddess
Artemis, who was his sister, turned the
raven black for being the bearer of bad
Fact 10: He was the patron of Delphi
(aka Pytho), which was famous for its
oracle. A monstrous serpent called
Python jealously guarded the oracle at
Delphi and Apollo bravely killed the
Fact 11: He was feared as he was able to
bring ill health to mortals and was the
god of the plague. During the Trojan war
he shot arrows of plague into the camp
of the Greeks
Fact 12: Hecuba was the wife of King
Priam of Troy, and gave birth to Hecuba
as results of her affair with Apollo. An
Oracle proclaimed that Troy would never
be defeated if Troilus reached 20 years
of age. Hecuba was killed by Achilles
and Troy fell.
Fact 13: He was the slayer of the giant
Tityos who attempted to carry off his
Fact 14: He was challenged to a music
contest by the Phrygian satyr Marsyas.
The Satyr lost lost and was flayed
alive. The rustic gods in their pity
then transformed him into a mountain
Fact 15: He represented harmony, order,
and reason the direct opposite of Hestia
or Dionysus, the god of wine, who
represented ecstasy and disorder.
Fact 16: He had the power of
transformation, prophecy, healing, the
bringer of light, poetry, music, magic,
purification, death and hunter of souls,