"Parnasus Apollo" by Raphael (1511).
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In Greek mythology, Apollo was the son of Zeus (Jupiter) and Leto (Letona). His twin sister is Artemis (Diana). He was the god of the Sun, and was also a fine musician and healer.
He was known as the god who could foretell the future. His most famous sacred place was at Delphi, site of the Oracle of Delphi. Apollo and his sister had short tempers, and sometimes killed for revenge.
The Romans also believed in Apollo as the god of light, music, and healing.
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