By Samuel Fong

Apollo was the son of Leto and Zeus. He is the twin brother of Artemis. He is symbolized by the golden bow and arrows, lyre, laurel wreath, python, raven, swan, and the dolphin.


It all started when Hera found out that Leto was pregnant and Zeus was the father. She forbid Leto to give birth on any land or sea islands. Poseidon took pity on Leto and showed her the floating island Delos. She traveled there and gave birth to Artemis. Then, a few days later she gave birth to Apollo. It was said that a flock of birds were flying around the island, so it became Apollo’s sacred animal.


The fourth day he went to Pytho and he thought it was a perfect place for an oracle.(Apollo was the god of light, the sun, prophesy, poetry, and, music.) However, the was a huge snake there, so he slew it and renamed the place as Delphi. There, he made The Oracle Of Delphi. Then, Hera sent the giant Tityos to kill Leto. Artemis and Apollo went to her mothers aid and killed the giant.

Birth of Hermes
Hermes was born on Mount Cyllene in Arcadia. The story is told in the Homeric Hymn. His mother, Maia, had been secretly impregnated by Zeus. Maia wrapped the infant in blankets but Hermes escaped while she was asleep. Hermes went to Thessaly, where Apollo and his imortal cattle were grazing. Hermes stole a few of the cows and led them into a cave. He covered their tracks. The cave was near Pylos. He found a tortise inside the cave and killed it. He removed the insides and made the first lyre. While at Mount Olympus, Apollo was complaining about how Hermes stealing his cattle. Maia had thought the fake Hermes was real. Zeus sided with Apollo and then Hermes played the Lyre and Apollo traded his cattle for the lyre.

a carving of Apollo.|it is made in the 18th century.
This is the head of Apollo Belvedere.


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