God Apollo at Delphi temple, oracle, Ancient Greece. Art Gold gift.Healing god.
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Apollo god of light, god of the sun, god of music, of truth and prophecy, healing god , god of the sun and light, plague, poetry.
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god Apollo kills serpent python and builds the first delphi temple, oracle in ancient Delphi Greece.
Apollo is one of the most important and complex of the Olympian gods in classical Greek and Roman mythology and religion. The ideal of athletic youth, Apollo has been variously recognized as a god of light, god of the sun,of music, truth and prophecy, healing, the sun and light, plague, poetry, and more. Apollo is the son of Zeus and Leto, and has a twin sister, the chaste huntress Artemis or Diana.
Delphi is a archeological site in Greece. It is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in having had a phenomenal influence in the Ancient world.(http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/393).
The site of ancient Delphi was believed to be determined by Zeus when he sought to find the centre of his “Grandmother Earth” or Gaia. He sent two eagles flying from the eastern and western extremities, and the path of the eagles crossed over Delphi where the Omphalos, or navel of Gaia was found. Delphi became the site of a major temple to god Apollo, as well as the Pythian Games and the famous prehistoric oracle. Even in Roman times, hundreds of votive statues remained, described by roman scholars and seen by Pausanias.
According to ancient greek mythology and to the Homeric-hymn to the Pythian Apollo, Apollo shot his first arrow which slew the serpent Python, the son of Gaia, who guarded the spot and the prehistoric oracle of ancient Delphi. The Pythian Games took place every four years to commemorate Apollo’s victory. The Pythian Games were one of the four games of ancient Greece, a forerunner of the modern Olympic games, held in honour of Apollo every four years at his sanctuary at ancient Delphi.
They were held two years after (and thus also two years before) each Olympic Games. The records of Aristotels present an overview about the festivities: the Games lasted for six to eight days and were started by a reenactment of the victory of Apollo over Python. In the Roman period theatrical competitions were introduced, carried out in the theater of delphi.
In ancient greek mythology, Python was the earth dragon of Delphi, always represented in classical sculpture and vase paintings as a serpent.
The serpent, or snake, is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols of humankind. Asclepius, the son of Apollo, learned the secrets of life and death, after observing one serpent-snake bringing another back to life with healing herbs or with a healing bite . To prevent the entire human race from becoming immortal under Asclepius, Zeus killed him with a bolt of lightning. After Asclepius’ death, Zeus placed his body among the stars as the constellation Ophiuchus (“the Serpent Holder”).
Apollo’s victory upon the serpent, is a inspiring theme for world mythology art, even today.