Facts about Apollo
As the god of the sun it was believed that as the warmth of the sun was greatly conducive to good health Apollo also had the power of healing and medicine. The following facts and profile provides a fast overview of Apollo:
Picture of the Roman god Apollo playing the lyre
Apollo Profile & Fact File
Roman Name: Apollo
Role & Function: The function of Apollo is described as being the god of the sun, music, archery, eloquence, healing and prophecy
Status: Major God and one of the 'Dei Consentes', the Council of Gods.
Symbols: The golden lyre, the snake, laurel and hyacinth
Greek Counterpart: The Greek name for this god was Phoebus Apollo
Name of Wife: Unmarried but had many lovers, most of whom were doomed
Name of Father: Jupiter
Name of Mother: Latona
Names of Children: Asclepius, Orpheus, Troilus and Aristaeus
Facts about Apollo in Roman Mythology
Discover interesting information and facts about Apollo, the Roman god of the sun, music, archery and prophecy. The facts about Apollo provides a list detailing fascinating additional info to increase your knowledge about Apollo in Roman history and Mythology.
History and Mythical Facts about Apollo
Fact 1: He was the son of Jupiter and Latona. His twin sister was Diana.
Fact 2: The Ludi Apollinares were games held July 6 to 13 for the Roman people in honour of Apollo
Fact 3: His son Asclepius was the Roman god of Healing
Fact 4: His son by Calliope, was Orpheus the great musician and a demigod. Read the mythical love story of Orpheus and Eurydice in the Underworld
Fact 5: He was the patron of the Oracle of Delphi (aka Pytho). A terrible serpent called Python guarded the oracle at Delphi and Apollo bravely killed the monster.
Fact 6: His son Aristaeus was the god of bee-keeping, cheese-making, herding, olive-growing and hunting
Fact 7: He quarrelled with Jupiter, on account of the death of his son Asclepius who was killed by Jupiter because of the complaint of Pluto, that he decreased the number of the dead by his cures.
Fact 8: He fell in love with Daphne but she fled from him to preserve her chastity. Daphne was changed into a laurel, whose leaves Apollo immediately consecrated to bind his temples, and the laurel become the reward of poetry.
Fact 9: His temple at Delphi became so frequented, that it was called the 'oracle of the earth'
Fact 10: The seven strings of his lyre was said to represent the seven planets
Fact 11: As the the source of harmony he was called Liber Pater and carried a shield to show he was the protector of mankind, and their preserver in health and safety
Fact 12: The Emperor Augustus built a temple in honor of Apollo, on the Palatine Hill. At the foot of his statue, were deposited two gilt chests, containing the Sibylline oracles.
Fact 13: Cassandra the daughter of Priam of Troy, was seduced by Apollo who gave her the gift of prophecy, but when she betrayed him he amended it so that, though she spoke truth, none would believe her.
Fact 14: The gigantic statue called the Colossus of Rhodes was believed to be the bronze likeness of Apollo that stood at the entrance to the harbor of Rhodes.
Picture of Apollo, as the sun god, riding his golden chariot