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Who is Apollo?

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In Greek mythology, Apollo was a Olympian god of healing, prophesy, disease, music, poetry and song, and archery. He was also a protector of young people and defender of herds and flocks. He was the son of Leto and Zeus, ruler of Mount Olympus, and had a twin sister, Artemis, who was the deity who spoke through the Oracle at Delphi.

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According to Greek mythology, after Hera, Zeus���s wife, discovered that Leto was expecting Zeus���s child, she forced Leto to give birth to Apollo on a new island named Delos. It was neither a real island nor on the mainland. After Apollo���s birth, Hera sent the dragon Python to kill Leto. Apollo slew the dragon when he was only four days old. Hera then sent a giant to rape Leto, but Apollo and his sister, Artemis, protected her.

Greek mythology recounts that during the Trojan War, Apollo shot plague-infected arrows into the Greek camp because Agamemnon insulted his priest. Afterward, Apollo shot an arrow into Achilles' heel to revenge Achilles��� murder of Apollo���s son. Apollo���s father, Zeus, killed another son of Apollo, Asclepius, with a lightning bolt because Asclepius had raised someone from the dead. Apollo killed the supplier of the lightning bolt, Cyclopes, and was sentenced to labor for one year as a shepherd in Thessaly.

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