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Pronunciation : uh-POH-low

(Greek Deity) APOLLO

Also known as APOLLON, APOLLO PYTHIAN
God of : Prophecy, Music, Healing
Attributes : Silver bow, Lyre, Laurel
Festival Days : Pyanepsia, Theophania, Theoxenia
When in Rome : erm, Apollo

The Greek God of Prophecy, Music and Healing.

Like most Olympians Apollo just couldn't resist interfering in human affairs. Achilles was the toughest cookie in Troy but as we all know he had a week spot. It was Apollo who gave Hectors brother Paris the arrow and pointed him in the direction of Achilles' heel.

As God of music he is often seen playing the Lyre, but he's a liar when he claims it's his own invention. It was actually a down payment from Hermes who had stolen some cattle though Apollo could play it a bit and won quite a few blow offs. One particular hoe down saw Apollo square off against Pan who was playing his own creation, the sheppard pipes and it was quite a contest. As usual in these ego fuelled get togethers there has to be a victim, normally innocent. In this case King Midas thought honesty was the best policy and said he preferred Pan's music. This proved an error of epic proportions and Apollo turned his ears into an ass.

No, that can't be right. Oh, Apollo turned Midas' ears into those of an ass. Thats the donkey 'ish' variety.

You should never be honest with the Gods, just tell them what you think they want to hear. It's safer that way.
Family Tree ...
Parents : Zeus and Leto
Spouse : Don't know, sorry
Offspring : Asclepius (by Coronis), Aristaeus (by Cyrene)
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'APOLLO' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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