Apollo Apollo, Athenian red-figure amphora C6th B. He was depicted as a handsome, beardless youth with long hair and attributes such as a wreath and branch of laurel, bow and quiver of arrows, raven, and lyre.
He is the fruit of the love affair between Zeus and Leto and brother of Artemis. Apollo is the god of light, music, poetry, healing and divination prophecy. Zeus, the father of gods and men, dazzled by the beauty of Leto, who was coming from the generation of the Titans, mated with her.
The jealous Hera, resentful by the countless infidelities of her husband with mortals and goddesses and because she did not have the power to hurt her husband, opposed to Leto and set out to do everything in order not to let her give birth. Leto was running in vain throughout the land, trying plains, mountains, and seas to beget her children.
The whole earth refused to accept her because it was afraid of Daphne and apollo terrible vengeance of Hera. Only a small floating island, Ortygia Quail Island or Asteria, agreed to give asylum to unfortunate Leto. This island was poor and barren, unable to feed sheep or oxen, but neither bear fruit vines or other trees.
So that is why it did not fear the wrath of the goddess. Apollo, in order to reward the impoverished island, just after he was born, secured the island with four pillars on the seabed and gave it the name Delos Bright.
Leto lying at the root of a palm tree, the only tree that existed on the island, moaned in pain and implored Hera to allow her to give birth to her children. Athena, Demeter, Aphrodite, and other smaller goddesses ran to help Leto, but could not do anything without the consent of Hera, who was holding Ilithyia onto the Olympus, the goddess of successful births.
Eventually, they sent the colorful Iris, the messenger of the gods, to ask Hera to allow this childbirth, giving her a necklace of exceptional beauty of gold and amber, nine cubits long, which was built in the workshop of the great craftsman of the gods, Hephaestus.
This gift calmed the anger of Hera, who sent the Eileithyia at Delos.
Leto was exhausted from her agonizing pain that lasted so many days. She knelt at the root of the palm tree and gave birth first to Artemis and immediately after to Apollo.
Once Apollo was born, Themis dripped into his mouth a few drops of nectar and a small piece of ambrosia and the miracle happened. The baby began to grow rapidly and the swaddling clothes torn apart and fell from his body. Right after, Apollo ran over to Olympus to get the blessing of his almighty father, but also to meet the other gods.
Zeus welcomed his son and gave him many rich and beautiful gifts.
Among them was a golden miter adorned with rubies and emeralds, which symbolized the power of the God and had carved over it scenes from the life of the Olympians.
Zeus also gave him a lyre, which Apollo loved very much and every time he played, his music charmed the gods and men. Additionally, he gave him a beautiful chariot with seven pure white swans that were carrying the god at any point of the earth or sky he wished. A glorious feast followed that lasted until dawn.
Shortly after, Hermes and Ares joined the dance. Another myth narrates that the swans, shortly after his birth, moved Apollo in their country on the shores of the ocean, the Hyperborea.
There, they established the worship of the god that celebrated him incessantly. Apollo stayed at the land of the Hyperboreans for a year and returned to Greece at the midsummer.Apollo and Daphne is a life-sized Baroque marble sculpture by Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini, executed between and Housed in the Galleria Borghese in Rome, the work depicts the climax of the story of Daphne and Phoebus in Ovid's Metamorphoses.
Apollo and Daphne is a story from ancient Greek mythology, retold by Hellenistic and Roman authors in the form of an amorous vignette. The website of Daphne Todd OBE - Portrait and Figurative Painter.
Apollo: Apollo, in Greco-Roman mythology, a deity of manifold function and meaning, one of the most widely revered and influential of all the ancient Greek and Roman gods.
The son of Zeus and Leto, he was the god of crops and herds and the primary deity of the Delphic oracle. Warning: gethostbyaddr(): Address is not a valid IPv4 or IPv6 address in /home/myth/public_html/webkandii.com on line The earliest source of the myth of Daphne and Apollo is Phylarchus, quoted by Parthenius.
Later, the Roman poet Ovid does a retelling of this Greek legend, which appears in his work Metamorphoses.. Ovid. The pursuit of a local nymph by an Olympian god, part of the archaic adjustment of religious cult in Greece, was given an arch anecdotal turn in the Metamorphoses by the Roman poet Ovid (died.