A deity among the Greeks and Romans. He was the god of light and day (the "sun god"), of archery, prophecy, medicine, poetry, and music, etc, and was represented as the model of manly grace and beauty; called also Phebus. The Apollo Belvedere, a celebrated statue of Apollo in the Belvedere gallery of the Vatican palace at Rome, esteemed of the noblest representations of the human frame.

Origin: L. Apollo, -linis, Gr.

(01 Mar 1998)