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Apollo is the second generation of Olympian gods. It is the fruit of the love affair between Zeus and Leto and brother of Artemis.

Zeus, the father of gods and men, dazzled by the beauty of Leto who came from the generation of Titans and mated with her love. The jealous Hera, indignant but from the innumerable infidelities of her husband and goddesses with mortal and because it had the power to hurt her husband, opposed to Leto and began to not leave any way to give birth.
Leto running in vain exhausted throughout the land, trying plains, mountains and seas to lay its children; all the earth refused to accept it because he feared the terrible vengeance of Hera. Only a small floating island, Ortygia (Quail Island) or Starfish, agreed to give asylum to the unhappy Leto. The island was poor and barren, unable to graze in this sheep or cattle, but neither can bear fruit vines or other trees. That's why it feared the wrath of the goddess. Apollo to reward the impoverished island, just born pegged forever with four columns on the seabed and named Delos (= Light).

Nine whole days they kept the pains of childbirth. Leto lying at the root of a palm, the only tree that was on the island, vogkouse from pain and begging Hera to allow her to give birth to her children. Athena, Demeter, Aphrodite and other goddesses smaller ran to help Leto, but could do nothing without the consent of Hera, who was holding onto the Eileithyia Olympus, the goddess of successful births. Eventually, they sent the colorful Iris, the messenger of the gods, to ask Hera to allow the birth, giving her a necklace of exceptional beauty of gold and amber, nine cubits, which was built in the workshop of the great craftsman of the gods, Hephaestus. This gift calmed the anger of Hera, who sent the Eileithyia Delos. Leto exhausted from the agonizing pain of so many days knelt at the root of the palm and first gave birth to Artemis and Apollo soon. At the time of birth of the god sacred swans flew over the island by seven rounds, it was the seventh day of the month.
Leto did not live to vyzaxei all the newborn god. Once born, the Themis estaxe in his mouth a few drops of nectar and ambrosia and so little was the miracle: the infant began to rise sharply, the swaddling clothes torn and fell from his body. The goddesses dazzled by its beauty, admired the rides to make up the nisi.Amesos Apollo ran over to Olympus to get the blessing of Almighty father, but also to know the other gods. Jupiter kalodechtike his son and gave him many rich and beautiful gifts. Among them was a golden miter decked with rubies and emeralds, which symbolized the power of God over and had carved scenes from the life of the Olympians. Also, Zeus gave him a lyre that Apollo loved her very much and every time he played, the enchanted music of gods and men; further Panorios a chariot with seven Zemeno purely white swans carrying the god in any part of the earth or the sky wished.

Immediately after Zeus ordered the Hours to pave the table with nectar and ambrosia to welcome everyone with the new god on Mount Olympus. High jinks followed up in the morning. Apollo played the lyre and danced the Graces, harmony, Eve, Aphrodite and Artemis; soon joined in dancing and Hermes Ari.Mia the other hand, tradition recounts that shortly after his birth the swans moved Apollo in their country that stood on the shore of Oceanus, the Hyperboreans; established there the worship of the god who constantly celebrated. Apollo was the land of the Hyperboreans a year and returned to Greece midsummer. The whole nature in any way celebrated the return of the great god with feasts and songs; the crickets and nightingales singing and spring water was cleaner. The nymphs and fairies of rivers and lakes danced whole days and nights in the mountains and the glades. Every year at Delphi celebrated this return with the carnage, that collective sacrifice one hundred animals.

Delphi Apollo killed a terrible dragon named Python and had ten hands and four eyes. The dragon who looked like a huge lizard had many disasters in the region. Anatarazontas muddy water sources and rivers, destroying the crops, devoured the flocks and frightened the nymphs, and when it was very furious, strangled or drowning needy residents. Moreover, this monster was chased by command of Hera, Leto when looking for a place to give birth to her children.

Apollo with the golden arrows which gave the Vulcan killed Python and thus relieved the inhabitants of the area to remember his achievement established in honor of the matches were called Pythikoi Games. Also, they built an oracle, the oracle of Delphi where the Pythia sat there on the sacred tripod chewing laurel leaves in a state of mania inserts revealed their ambiguous oracles of God.
From the oracle once it passed the demigod Hercules ask oracle.

The Pythia refused to answer him, so Hercules stole the sacred tripod and went elsewhere to set up oracle. The Loxias (epithet of Apollo for the ambiguous oracles) hunted for a long time; Hercules when he arrived, fought nine whole days and nights continuously, all the earth rattled by the hits. Eventually, Zeus split them between two opponents by throwing them a thunderbolt.
Apollo was a god gorgeous, tall, with amazing Body, blue eyes and long golden curls. So had many amorous adventures with nymphs and mortal.

So he loved the nymph Daphne, daughter of the river god Peneus in Thessaly. That was beautiful and asked her father and many lads known heroes. Penaeus begged to be married to give him grandchildren. But this, hell head, not the old man heard her father, why prefer to hunt in the forests and to accompany the virgin Artemis. Once, when he met Apollo, dazzled by her beauty and wanted to make her own. The bride did not respond to the love of god and fled to the mountain. Whole days and nights Phoebus (Apollo's epithet) the hunted among shrubs and bushes, shouting that he was not of a random groom but the brilliant Apollo honored gods and mortals. But once the was about to arrive, the bride asked her father to save her from the embrace of God. Then Pineios regretted his daughter, transformed the namesake tree; her feet were the roots of the laurel, the body of the trunk, arms of the branches and leaves hair of the famous tree. Apollo inconsolable crying and hugged the tree after failing to mingle with the bride when she was alive, swore that henceforth Daphne was the sacred tree and he would always wore a laurel wreath.

From his relationship with the Goddess of Thessaly, the Nymph Cyrene, Apollo had a son, Aristaeus.
The Kyrene wildlife living in the forests of Pindos and protect the flocks of her father. One day he attacked unarmed into a lion, fought him and won. Phoebus saw the achievement of and love. Then the kidnapped and the golden chariot driving, flying over lands and seas, Libya; there in a golden palace mated with her.

And with the Muses, Apollo had love affairs. They say that since they got their Korybantes Thalia, demons belonging to the accompaniment of Dionysus with Satyrs and the elves of the forest. Acquired with heavenly musicians Orpheus and Linos, which smoothes the whole nature playing the flute and tame wild beasts. Also, Apollo is the father of Asclepius, god of medicine. Flirty They say that God mated with the Koronis and left her pregnant. But over time it has waited for child infidelities to God by going with a mortal. When he learned that Apollo, enraged by the attack, killed his unfaithful Koronis. But once her body was placed on the fire and was ready to burn, the vengeful god transformed into a vulture swooped and pulled from the bowels of the child, still alive.

Had the same misfortune and Marpissa, the princess of Aetolia. God loved the young girl, but stole the mortal Idas with a winged chariot of Neptune donated and brought in Messina. There, Ida and Apollo hit but Zeus separated them. Marpissa was entitled to choose between two lovers. Vainly begged the god and gave promise of eternal faith and devotion. It chose the mortal Idas, from fear that the immortal and eternally young Apollo would paratouse in old age, when we will abandon the beauty and freshness of youth.
But with Cassandra, the daughter of Priam, love is not favored god. Apollo loved Cassandra and to gain it promised to learn the art of divination. The young princess received, but when he learned well the art, the god left. Others say that God eventually mated with Cassandra and took her to Troy.

In mainland Greece believed that Apollo was a lover of the local heroine Fthia, from whom he had three sons: Doros, and the Laodonta Polypoiti, who killed the Aetolian. The Colophon believed Apollo mated with Manto, the daughter of the blind seer Tiresias, and his semen was born the great seer Law. In Crete the amatory god loved Akalli, the daughter of Minos; hidden fruit of their relationship was Miletus. The Akalli just gave birth, left newborn in the woods, because she was afraid her father. Apollo sought to live by sending his son to protect wolves and a she-wolf suckling him.

In Athens, the elfish god Kreousa raping the daughter of King Erechtheus. She just gave birth to a child abandoned in a wilderness. Apollo sought to bring the baby to Delphi, where he grew the oracle. This son of Apollo who so badly came to life Ionas.O named Apollo, and said he loved young men. More important is the love of adventure with Hyacinth, despite a pretty new. One day the two were playing with the awesome album Zephyrus (wind) because he was jealous of God, dragged the disc that hit Hyacinth and killed him instantly. Phoebus inconsolable since the death of his friend and to make his name immortal, transformed him in the famous namesake flower.

Tells how Apollo had twice to get the service mortal slave. The first time was when, along with Poseidon, Hera and Athena wanted to take the power of Zeus and so tried to tie him up with huge iron chains and hang in the sky. The plot failed but the punishment of Apollo was to guard the flocks of King Laomedon of Troy,