Other names: Phoebus Apollo, Paeon, Pythian Apollo

One of the Twelve Olympians, Apollo was the god of prophecy, and divination, truth, healing. He was associated with the care of flocks and herds. Sometimes associated with Helios, he was adopted into the Roman pantheon. Apollo was the founder of the Pythian Games which commemorated Python whom he killed. As revenge for Zeus' killing of his son Asclepius, Apollo killed the Cyclopes, the creators of Zeus' thunderbolt. He also became the god of the Orphic religion. He played a part in the Iliad during the Trojan War where he protected Paris, leading to the death of Achilles. He is said to have been born on the island of Delios.




1. J.R. March. Cassell's Dictionary of Classical Mythology. London: Cassell & Co., 2001.
P.A. Grimal. A Concise Dictionary of Classical Mythology. Oxford, England; Cambridge, Mass.: Basil Blackwell Ltd, 1990.

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