Apollon the Phoebus

The ancient Greek (and Roman) god of light, healing, poetry and wisdom is the actual owner of the land of Lycia. Apollon Villas is based on the virtues of this deity, Light of Apollon being the first in a series of 7 house projects.

Apollo (Greek Apollon) is the son of Zeus and Leto, and twin brother to Artemis. Artemis assisted her mother in giving birth to Apollo on the island of Delos when Hera made Leto’s labor difficult out of jealousy for having slept with her husband. It was said that he was born on the seventh day on the seventh month, hence the number seven and the day is sacred to Him. He is a god of sunlight, oracular prophesy and visions as well as divination, healing and medicine, archery, law, order, moderation, and of the Muses in the arts, sciences, music and writing. Apollo is also associated with purification and truth. It is said that a lie could never fall from His lips, and as a result all oaths are sworn to Him as proof that they will not be broken.

Apollo has many names: Pythios, Delphinian, Loxias, Phoebus (Greek Phoibos), Far-Darter, Distant Deadly Archer, Lukeios (Wolfish), Iatros (Physician), and Daphnephoros (Bay-Bearer), just to name a few. One of Artemis’ requests of Her father was to have as many names as Him.

His animals are the crow, the raven, the dolphin, the lion, the hawk, and the swan.Apollo is a god who did not originate in Greece. Rather, he was brought over from the invading Dorians. One of the original spellings for his name is Apellon, and it came from the Dorians. In the Etruscan religion, he was known as Aplu. It was the Romans who called him Apollo, as they dropped the Greek letter nu (Roman letter n) at the end of his name, and we mostly know him as Apollo today as a result, but the actual spelling of his name is Apollon: Alpha, Pi, Omicron, Lambda, Lambda, Omega, Nu. It can be seen written out on the main page.

The most famous oracle in history is known as the Delphic Oracle, and while Gaea had it before Him, under His occupation was when it gained renown. The Pythia was His priestess, and in the beginning had to be a young woman who was a virgin, and she would prophesy for Apollo on the seventh day of the month. As time went on, the words of the Pythia grew to become more in demand, and she prophesied more frequently and even would have two Pythias under her to replace her if need be–apparently it was tiring work! The Pythia would sit on a tripod while she inhaled burning bay leaves–bay laurel being sacred to the god–and would utter oracles while in trance. The end of the Delphic Oracle typically marks the end of the Hellenic period of religion for the ancients as far as most scholars are concerned.

The Delphic Oracle was known for a number of mottos, many of which were said to be quotes from Apollo Himself: “know thyself”, “nothing too much”, and “avoid hubris”.As a god, He had many loves, and nearly all of them ended in tragedy. One notable exception is a maiden named Cyrene (Greek Kyrene). He found her on top of a mountain wrestling lions, fell in love with her, and asked her hand in marriage. She accepted, and He built a city in her honor in which is known today as modern-day Libya. Together they had a son named Aristaeus, who is associated with honey and bee-keeping. To this day Kyrene is the only woman that I’ve not found that was positively associated with Him who wasn’t a family member, nor was she killed, cursed or turned into a tree. As a result, she became my namesake in honor of the god.