Apollo

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Apollo(n) is the Hellenic (Greek and Roman) god of poetry, art, prophecy, healing, music, and plague. Like his twin, Artemis, he is an archer. With his arrows, he rains down destruction and plague to those who have displeased him.

Apollo is firstly a god of order and civilization. He brings creativity and divine inspiration. As the god of prophecy, he was essential to the Greeks, who sought his pythias (oracles) for guidance.

My Journey to Apollo

I became interested in Apollo by learning about his darker and more visceral aspects. His epithet, lykeios, means “of wolves.” I think this epithet is particularly mysterious, given that it seems to conflict with his orderly, proper nature. However, it demonstrates his true complexity and his connection to the wilderness as well as civilization. I am also drawn to him through his epithet, smintheus, or “of mice,” referring to his plague-bringing aspect. Through these epithets, I am reminded that Apollo is not solely the god of light that he is often depicted as— he is also a bringer of destruction, and a fearsome protector.


Sources

Atsma, Aaron J. “Apollon.” Theoi Greek Mythology. Theoi.com, n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2017.

Cartwright, Mark. “Apollo.” Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 18 May 2012. Web. 24 Feb. 2017.

Homer, and Stanley Lombardo. The Essential Homer: Selections from the Iliad and the Odyssey. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2000. Print.


Further Reading

Lykeia, “Misconceptions of Apollon“”Lykeios