Themes Of Apollo Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places

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Apollo: Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places
Considered the “…the most Greek of all the gods” (Hamilton 25), Apollo is the god of the sun, healing, music, poetry, prophecy, plague, archery, and truth. This makes him a powerful god amongst the Olympians and leads to extensive praise from mortals. This kind of importance puts Apollo at the center of countless myths where his power and prestige shine through. Fathered by Zeus, and born to Leto, Daughter of Coeus and Phoebe, Apollo and his sister Artemis came into existence on the floating island of Delos. Facing the wrath of Hera, Leto wandered the world in search of a suitable place to give birth. While walking past Delphi, Leto encountered Python, a dragon-serpent sent by Hera. Apollo’s
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Leto was however still not safe and was pursued by Hera across the sea to Lycia. There Leto asked the local peasants for a drink of water but was rejected. Angered, the mother of Apollo turned the village people into croaking frogs (Freeman 37). Upon her return to the mainland, Leto was confronted by a giant named Tityus near the mountains of Delphi. When he attempted to rape the goddess, Apollo and Artemis intervened and defended their mother. The giant was later punished by Zeus in the underworld. He was stacked to the ground and had vultures peck at his intestines till the end of eternity (Freeman 37). One account states that at just four days old Apollo traveled to Delphi to establish his oracle (Freeman 37) while another states that he was taken to Hyperboreans by the swan chariot for a year prior to that (Grimal 49). One myth sees Apollo on a journey to seek out the perfect location when he encounters a nymph named Telpusa. To protect her sacred spring, Telpusa lied and told Apollo to go to the base of Mount Parnassus where it is more peaceful and quiet. Much later once the young god found out of her lie, he dried up her spring (Freeman 37). Once at Delphi, he was confronted by the Python which had been ravaging the surrounding countryside. He shot the creature with his bow, killing it and giving himself the title “Pythian”. This marked a …show more content…
When Niobe, a princess from Lydia married the king of Thebes, Amphion, she resented Leto and refused to worship her. Niobe believed since she gave birth to seven boys and seven girls and had divine blood through an ancestor, that she was superior to the mother of Apollo. When Leto informed her children of the disrespect that was shown, both Apollo and Artemis flew to Thebes. There in the field outside the city, all seven boys rode on horseback, playing. One by one they dropped dead off their horses starting with the eldest. Once the king got news of the tragedy he ran to the field and stabbed himself in the heart to escape the pain. Niobe, weeping by the bodies of her sons and husband, claimed that she has still won because her daughters still outnumber Leto’s children. One by one the daughters began to fall too as they were struck by arrows until the only person standing was Niobe. Suddenly a whirlwind took her across the sea to her home in Lydia, where she remains, made of marble on top a mountain mourning her loss. In another myth, Artemis crafts a flute made of deer horn and practices till she can perform at a banquet for gods. When she tries to play, the other goddesses ridicule how her cheeks turn blue when she blows into the flute. She runs back to her forest and tosses the flute into the spring. A satyr named Marsyas finds the flute and without knowing that Artemis had cursed the object,

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