The Children of Zeus: Apollo (page 89, with art)

Chapter 2: The Olympians

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Lost Apulian? amphora with Leto with children (Apollo and Artemis?) and snake (Python?)

Wm. Tischbein, Collection of engravings from ancient vases mostly of pure Greek workmanship… vol. 3 (1795), pl. 4

Rome, Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia: terracotta acroterion from Portonaccio temple, Veii, with Leto and infant Apollo? (see Gantz note 40 for page 89), Apollo possibly to be restored shooting an arrow at Python (fragments of a snake preserved)



J. Neils, “Niobe (?) on the Portonaccio Temple at Veii,” Etruscan Studies: Journal of the Etruscan Foundation 11 (2008), fig. 3 p. 37

Cyzicene Epigrams AP 3.6 – Palatine Anthology (Greek Anthology), ed. W.R. Paton, vol. 1, pp. 96-98. London 1916.

Greek Text and English Translation

Homeric Hymn to Hermes 4.69-576

Hermes came hurrying to the shadowy mountains of Pieria, where the divine cattle of the blessed gods had their steads and grazed the pleasant, unmown meadows. Of these the Son of Maia, the sharp-eyed slayer of Argus then cut off from the herd fifty loud-lowing kine, and drove them straggling-wise across a sandy place, turning their hoof-prints aside. Also, he bethought him of a crafty ruse and reversed the marks of their hoofs, making the front behind and the hind before, while he himself walked the other way. Then he wove sandals with wicker-work by the sand of the sea, wonderful things, unthought of, unimagined; for he mixed together tamarisk and myrtle-twigs, fastening together an armful of their fresh, young wood, and tied them, leaves and all securely under his feet as light sandals. That brushwood the glorious Slayer of Argus plucked in Pieria as he was preparing for his journey, making shift as one making haste for a long journey.

But an old man tilling his flowering vineyard saw him as he was hurrying down the plain through grassy Onchestus. So the Son of Maia began and said to him:

“Old man, digging about your vines with bowed shoulders, surely you shall have much wine when all these bear fruit, if you obey me and strictly remember not to have seen what you have seen, and not to have heard what you have heard, and to keep silent when nothing of your own is harmed.” Continue Reading. Greek Text

Homer, Iliad 16.787-96

But when for the fourth time he rushed on, like a god, then for thee, Patroclus, did the end of life appear; for Phoebus met thee in the fierce conflict, an awful god. And Patroclus marked him not as he passed through the turmuoil, for enfolded in thick mist did he meet him; and Apollo took his stand behind him, and smote his back and broad shoulders with the flat of his hand, and his eyes were made to whirl. And from his head Phoebus Apollo smote the helmet, that rang as it rolled beneath the feet of the horses—the crested helm; and the plumes were befouled with blood and dust. Greek Text

Proklos, Summary of Aithiopis PEG – Poetae Epici Graeci 1, pp. 67-69, ed. A. Bernabé. Leipzig 1987.

Homer, Iliad 22.358-60

Bethink thee now lest haply I bring the wrath of the gods upon thee on the day when Paris and Phoebus Apollo shall slay thee, valorous though thou art, at the Scaean gate. Greek Text

Pindar, Paian 6 fr 52f SM – Pindarus 2, pp. 25-31, ed. B. Snell and H. Maehler. Leipzig 1975.

Homer, Iliad 21.515-17

but Phoebus Apollo entered into sacred Ilios, for he was troubled for the wall of the well-builded city, lest the Danaans beyond what was ordained should lay it waste on that day. Greek Text

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#Apollo, #Artemis, #Leto, #Python

Artistic sources edited by Frances Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, June 2019.

Literary sources edited by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, January 2021

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