Study Guide

Apollo

  • Spotter's Guide

    You can't miss Apollo. He's handsome, clean-shaven and muscular with blonde hair. The god of light (and many other things) is extremely hard to miss, because a lot of times he's literally beaming. Don't be surprised if he's surrounded by a crowd of admirers when you find him.

    Physical Description

    Sex: Male
    Age: Early 20s
    Build: Slender, but fit
    Complexion: Pale
    Hair color: Golden brown
    Facial hair: None; clean-shaven
    Scars/marks/tattoos: None
    Jewelry or accessories: A crown of laurel leaves, a lyre
    Clothing: Nude, aside from the occasional scarves or wraps
    Armor: None
    Type of weapon: Bow and arrow

    Typical Companions

    • Artemis, his twin sister
    • Eros (Cupid)
    • Daphne, a lovely nymph who becomes a tree
    • Python, a monster

    Other Notes

    Known hangouts: The god is known to frequently chase young women through forests.

    Escape vehicle: Horse-drawn chariot, often pulling the sun behind it.

  • Sightings

    Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

    The Iliad

    Homer brings the gods into The Iliad as well, which tells the story of the mythic Trojan War. Most of the gods of Olympus take sides in the human war: Hera, Athena, and Poseidon are rooting for the Greeks, while Aphrodite, Ares, and Apollo fighting for the Trojans. Be sure to check out Book 7 and Book 16 for the detail on Apollo.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Oresteia

    The Oresteia is a trilogy of tragic plays (Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, and Eumenides) by the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus. These plays are about how Orestes and his sister Electra take revenge on their mother for killing their father. As in any good Greek tragedy, the characters call on the gods for help, and Apollo and Athena become pretty involved in the third play.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Medea

    Euripides's play about Medea, the wife of the hero Jason, uses Apollo and the other sun god, Helios, as symbols. Learn all of the details here.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Oedipus the King

    In Sophocles' famous play about fate, Apollo's oracle at Delphi pops up pretty often.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Electra

    In Sophocles' tragic play, Apollo commands Orestes, Electra's brother, to kill their mother.

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Aeneid

    In the Roman poet Virgil's epic poem, Apollo's various oracles, especially Sibyl, provide the hero Aeneas with prophecies.

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Metamorphoses

    The Roman poet Ovid collected all kinds of wild stories about the gods in The Metamorphoses. Here you'll find myths about Apollo, including those about his defeat of Python, his love for Daphne, and his music contest against Pan. Be sure to check out Book 1 and Book 11.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    A Winter's Tale

    In this Shakespeare play, the characters doubt Apollo's Oracle, but then pray to him for forgiveness in Act 3, Scene 2.

    Dec 20, 2019

    "The Hymn of Apollo"

    Check out this poem to Apollo, the god of poetry, written by the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (that would be the Frankenstein lady, Mary Shelley's, husband).

    Dec 20, 1968

    Star Trek, "Who Mourns for Adonais?"

    In this Star Trek episode, Apollo appears on the starship Enterprise: "A powerful being claiming to be the Greek god Apollo appears and demands that the crew of the Enterprise disembark onto his planet to worship him."

    Dec 20, 2019

    Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

    Percy Jackson has run-ins with all of the gods of Olympus, including Apollo. We don't meet him in the first book, The Lightning Thief, but we meet many of his mortal children (they fill a whole cabin at Camp Half-Blood). His first appearance is in the third book, The Titans Curse.