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Apollo was the son of Jupiter and Latona and the god of all the arts, medicine and eloquence. He was once addressed as the sun, subsequently represented with rays of light around his head and thereafter always associated with the sun. He did not invent the lyre, but was presented with the instrument by Mercury. His amours were many and well-known and the laurel leaves on his head recall his passion for Daphne. Apollo was universally worshipped.

January 1990