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Apollo and Artemis, twin siblings, were born under a palm-tree on Delos. One of the peculiarities of the Greek pantheon of gods is an unexpected specificity about their origin or place of birth: Hera born beside the Imbrasos River on Samos, Aphrodite in the waters off Kythera, Hermes on Mount Kyllene in Arcadia, and Zeus whose infancy was passed on Mt. Dikte in Crete. It is part of their innate humanity that they should have a life-story thus rooted in particularity. Much of this information is due to the creative richness of the collection of 6th century bc anonymous poems known as the Homeric Hymns. Although Homer himself had earlier referred in passing to the altar of Apollo on Delos in the Odyssey... READ MORE

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