Details of Apollo personified

Apollo was the sun-god, the god of prophesy, healing, music and the arts. His most common attribute is the lyre (a musical instrument).

The object shown here in his right hand is probably a plectrum used to play the lyre. Unlike most male gods Apollo is normally shown clothed rather than naked, and often looks very feminine.

Apollo appears on Roman coins from the 3rd century BC until the end of the 3rd century AD. He is often given the titles Propugnator or Conservator meaning ‘The Defender’.

Attributes

  • Clothed, feminine
  • Lyre
  • Plectrum

Greek counterpart

Apollo can be identified with the Greek deity Apollo

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