The New Student's Reference Work/Apollo

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Apollo, called also Phœbus, one of the chief gods of the Greeks. He was born on the island Delos, and was the son of Jupiter and Latona. He is the god of the sun, the god of song, the head and protector of the muses, the revealer of the future—especially at his temple at Delphi—the god of flocks, the archer who inflicts vengeance with his arrows and the patron of the healing art. He is pictured as a beautiful youth with long hair, his brows bound with the leaves of the sacred bay tree, and bearing the lyre or the bow. The Romans adopted him from the Greeks, and built a temple and held games in his honor.