Pindar on the Birth of Apollo

  title={Pindar on the Birth of Apollo},
  author={Ian Rutherford},
  journal={The Classical Quarterly},
  pages={65 - 75}
  • I. Rutherford
  • Published 1 January 1988
  • History
  • The Classical Quarterly
Pindar must have narrated the myth of the birth of Apollo in many poems. We know of at least three, perhaps four versions: his only extant account of the birth itself is in Pa. XII; the latter of the two surviving sections of Pa. VIIb describes the flight of Asteria from Zeus, her transformation into an island and (probably) Zeus' desire to have Apollo and Artemis born there; the birth also seems to have been mentioned in the Hymn to Zeus immediately after the address to Delos and the account… 


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