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Apollo can be said to embody certain personality problems and certain problems of civilization think of the culture-nature relationshiptension To what extent if at all do stories and information about Apollo suggest these problems can be resolved Apollo is a complex figure with multiple attributes that make him difficult to understand He takes on many roles god of prophecy healing arts archery each of which has a duality of its own There is a double tradition of origin and a double name Phoebus Apollo Apollo had two great sanctuaries at Delphi and Delos and this is part of the evidence that he is a composite god with independent origins in the north and east Ferguson 177 His title Phoebus Shining One suggests he was originally the Sun God Delos was the scene of his birth Apollo in his role of prophet denied the gift of true prophecy so the Delphic oracle was always ambiguous helpful as well as harmful It left the seeker for advice and guidance to struggle on his own in his search for solutions and wisdom which in most cases were only achieved through much suffering Oedipus gruelling journey The Delphic inscription know yourself was to teach humans the limits of mortal existence and in a process of self-discovery to develop a consciousness and become oneself The oracle operates on a system based on punishment and atonement Apollo served as a role model when he himself had to do penance purify himself For his part in the palace revolt of the gods against Zeus he was ordered to serve as workman for a king of Troy Laomedon for whom he helped build the walls of Troy Later when Zeus killed his son Asclepius with thunderbolts Apollo in retaliation killed the Cyclopes who manufactured these weapons for Zeus As part of his punishment to achieve ritual purification from this blood guilt Apollo was subjected to Admetus king of Thessaly whom
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