Just as you would expect of a typical God, Apollo had a very extraordinary birth story. Apollo is the child of Zeus and Leto, and is the twin brother of the god Artemis. Apollo was born second, because Leto was not welcome in most cities or nations. This is because Hera was angry with Zeus for having an extramarital affair, so most of these places were afraid to take her in and having to risk the wrath of Athena. It wasn 't until Leto came across the small, decrepit island of Delos that she found the birthplace of Apollo. Leto offered for Apollo to make his temple on the island of Delos, and Delos gladly agreed. This is evidenced when Morford, Lenardon, and Sham write, "Leto, most renowned daughter of great Coeus, I should receive your son..." (Morford, Lenardon, and Sham 226). After this Apollo was born, and the island...
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..., Apollo can act irrationally, as most humans do in the face of love. He irrationally chased after Daphne, and caused her to become a tree, and in his obsession still took possession of her. He also acted in anger with Cassandra when he made no one believe her prophecies because she denied him. The trials of Apollo and his love life seem like a direct reflection of most people 's lives. All in all, Apollo is truly the most relatable god, because of the fact that he was so incredibly dualistic nature. He is the god of reason, medicine, and prophecy, which are all very self disciplining pursuits. However he can act on a whim and purely based on emotion, as when he murdered Greek troops in Troy with a plague because his priest asked him to. While Apollo is a God in every sense of the word, he is also a very complex individual that is also incredibly human.
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