Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto, twin brother of Artemis. He was daily tasks was to harness his four-horse chariot, in order to move the Sun across the sky. Artemis · Leto · Apollo Pictures · Asclepius. Apollo was a sun god of great antiquity, yet he is represented as an ever youthful god, just, wise and of great beauty. He has been the subject of many great. Learn about Apollo, a very popular Greek and Roman god, his passions, gifts to mankind, and association with the sun. The gods of the Greeks , pp. Apollo granted the request by turning him into the Cypress named after him, which was said to be a sad tree because the sap forms droplets like tears on the trunk. Apollo would not suffer such a depraved pair of ears any longer, and caused them to become the ears of a donkey. Apollo's symbols were the lyre , the tripod , the laurel tree and the navel stone. Apollo has ominous aspects aside from his plague-bringing, death-dealing arrows: Marsyas could not do this, as he only knew how to use the flute and could not sing at the same time. On the sunny Greek island of Delos, where he was born along with his twin sister, Artemis. Le Gall, Alesia, archeologie et histoire Paris He was the patron of the Oracle of Delphi aka Pytho. Phaeton went to Apollo and asked him whether he really was his father. The pediment shows the story of Heracles stealing Apollo's tripod that was strongly associated with his oracular inspiration.