Apollo's Parents (03:02)
Hear an introduction of the sun god and his twin sister Artemis. Zeus seduces their mother Leto, who faces the wrath of his wife Hera, patron of marriage.
Hera's Wrath (03:23)
Zeus' wife tries to prevent him from committing infidelity but the plan backfires. When she hears of Leto's pregnancy, she calls Python on her. Leto wanders until reaching Asteria Island in the Aegean Sea, named after her sister.
Apollo's Quest for a Temple Location (02:15)
At Apollo's birth, Zeus sends him a lute, chariot, and bow and arrows. The precocious son plans to reveal to mortals their destinies. He leaves his birth island and travels to the land of Hyperboreans.
Conquering the Python (02:27)
The nymph Telphusa tricks Apollo into facing his adversary. After slaying the serpent, Zeus tells him to purify himself. He establishes the Pythic Games in Python’s honor.
Founding Delphi (02:15)
Apollo saves Cretan sailors and recruits them to tend his new temple. He lives by the maxim "Know Thyself." People come from all over to question the Oracle about their destinies.
Niobe's Loss (02:40)
Upon arriving at Olympus, Apollo's dark side emerges. Niobe boasts of her fertility to Leto and Apollo kills her fourteen children. She mourns them until Zeus turns her into a rock.
Apollo and Daphne (03:15)
Eros pierces Apollo's heart with a golden arrow and Daphne's heart with a lead arrow. She flees Apollo's advances and collapses at the River Peneus. Her father, the river god, turns her into a laurel tree. Apollo picks a branch to decorate his lyre.
Jealous Lover (02:47)
Apollo falls in love with Coronis, who becomes pregnant and falls in love with Ischys. Apollo kills Ischys and Coronis, but rescues baby Asclepius. Asclepius discovers how to resuscitate the dead, angering Hades. Zeus strikes down his grandson.
Hyacinth and Cyparissus (02:48)
Apollo targets the Cyclops. Enraged, Zeus makes him a servant to the king of Thessaly. Hear the fates of Apollo's male lovers. Learn why Apollo represents both shadow and light.
Credits: Appollon: The Great Greek Myths (00:29)
Credits: Appollon: The Great Greek Myths
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