Apollo (Greek: Ἀπόλλων) was the son of Zeus and one of the most important deities in ancient Greek mythology.
Also known as
Apollo (normalized)Apollō (Latin)Ἀπόλλων (Greek, nominative)Apulu (Etruscan)
Parent belief system
Ancient GreekReligion · Polytheistic · 4 myths
The ancient Greek belief system represents a collection of cultural myths and stories that date back to circa 1300-1200 BCE. Its pantheon of deities were widely known and written about in Greek texts. The Romans adopted many Greek beliefs and renamed the deities according to the Latin language. In contemporary...
Hippicrates is largely considered the father of Western medicine because of his contributions to the development of modern, rational medical practices. Many of his attributed works, survived to us through a series of books called the Hippocratic Corpus, outline a foundation for the kind of medicine that is familiar in the 21st century. The historical accuracy of Hippocrates as a person is not well understood, and his background is largely considered a mystery.
After the Trojan war, Odysseus sails home with his men. During his long journey, he faces challenges such as the "cyclops," the Sirens, and other fantastical creatures. He hurries home because suitors are trying to take his wife's hand in marriage. When Odysseus gets home, he wins a challenge, reclaims his life, and kills all the suitors.
Achilles, half man-half deity, fought in the Trojan war for King Agamemnon and quarreled with him over a mistress, among other things. The war featured the Trojans against the Greeks and had lots of action where Achilles was the star. Achilles' close friend Patroclus died at the hands of Hector; consequently, Achilles slaughtered him in order to get his revenge. While not listed in the Iliad, sources say that Achilles suffered his tragic fate at the end of the war by Paris when he was shot with an arrow through the achilles heel. Achilles fulfilled the hero motif of living a short life of glory.
The world was created by the first deities out of a void where nothing existed. The oldest deities were Chasm (chaos), Gaia (Earth), Tartarus, and Eros (desire). These deities gave birth to the other Greek figures in a genealogical succession. Much of the rest of creation came from bodily fluids, like semen or blood.
Fox, William S. The Mythology of All Races / Volume I, Greek and Roman. Vol. 1, The Mythology of All Races: In Thirteen Volumes. Edited by Louis H. Gray and George F. Moore. Boston, MA: Marshall Jones Company, 1916.
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