Apollo the God of Light, the eternally beautiful youth, was also know for his affairs with both men and women.

Here is a small list of the most known lovers and a small synopsis of their relationship:

Cassandra
Cassandra by Evelyn De Morgan (1898, London); Cassandra in front of the burning city of Troy at the peak of her insanity.

Cassandra : Apollo was all the time after her, he even promised her the power of the prophecy, but when she rejected him one too many times, he cursed her so she could only see tragedies that were about to happen, but no one would believe her.

Coronis: She got pregnant by Apollo with Asclepius, but she was really in love with Ischys. A crow that knew about it, went and told Apollo, but the God didn’t believe the crow’s sayings and turned its color to black (the crows were white back in those days) for being a liar. But later when Apollo uncovered the truth, he sent Artemis to kill Coronis and made the crow sacred and gave it the task to announce important deaths.

Cyparissus - Apollo's love life
Cyparissus (1670s) by Jacopo Vignali: the boy mourns his pet deer (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg).

Cyparissus: He was one of Heracles’ descendant and one of his lovers. Once, Apollo gave him a deer as a companion, but Cyparissus killed it by accident. He then asked Apollo to let his tears fall forever, and the God turned him into the Cypress.

Cyrene: Apollo loved her and they both had a son: Aristaeus, who later became God of Cattle and hunting.

Hector arming, with Hekabe and Priam - Apollo's love life
Hector arming, with Hekabe and Priam. Attic Red Figure amphora signed by Euthymides. Staatliche Antikensammlungen (Munich, Germany).

Hecuba: She was the wife of King Priay of Troy, and gave birth to Troilus as a result of her affair with Apollo. One Oracle said that Troy would never be defeated if Troilus reached 20 years of life, but this didn’t happen because he was killed by Achilles.

Death of Hyacinth by Alexander Kiselev
Death of Hyacinth by Alexander Kiselev

Hyacinth: He was a Spartan prince. One day he and Apollo were practicing throwing discs when Zephyrus, full of jealousy blew a disc out of course, hitting Hyacinth on the head, killing him right there. From his blood Apollo created a flower named after him.

For the myth of Apollo and beautifull naiad Daphne please read this post.


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