Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto, twin brother of Artemis. He was the god of music, and he is often depicted playing a golden lyre. He was also known as the Archer, far shooting with a silver bow; the god of healing, giving the science of medicine to man; the god of light; and the god of truth.
One of Apollo's most important daily tasks was to harness his four-horse chariot, in order to move the Sun across the sky.
The Oracle in Delphi was devoted to Apollo. People from all over the known world travelled there to learn what the future held for them.
His holy tree was the laurel, and his holy animal was the dolphin.