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Apollo meaning and name origin
From Greek Απολλων (Apollon), which is of unknown meaning, though perhaps related to Indo-European *apelo "strength". Another theory states that Apollo can be equated with Appaliunas, an Anatolian god whose name possibly means "father lion" or "father light". The Greeks later associated Apollo's name with the Greek verb απολλυμι (apollymi) meaning "to destroy". In Greek mythology Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto and the twin of Artemis. He was the god of prophecy, medicine, music, art, law, beauty, and wisdom. Later he also became the god of the sun and light.
Origin of name Apollon – 10 Martyrs
For the Greek Orthodox Church name Apollon is associated to a man who lived in Alexandria in Egypt as part of a team of Christians, who were  not only believers, but also sufferers for Christ.
Someone accused them of their faith to the ruler of Alexandria and these 8 men and 2 women declared their faith bravely. The ruler thought it would be easy to frighten them, especially the two women, and left them thirsty and hungry for days during winter.
The soldiers were drinking and eating in front of them to make them suffer more. However, the 10 courageous Christians, among who was Apollon as well, did not deny their faith and died suffering for Christ.
The Orthodox Church declared Apollon a saint, and celebrates the nameday of Apollo on June 5th, along with the rest seven men and two women, known as the 10 martyrs of Egypt.
Greek God ApollonThe name Apollon or Apollonas is mostly known due to the Olympian God Apollo (Apollon or Apollonas in Greek).
Apollon was one of the 12 Gods of the Olympus, the only God that has the same name in both Roman and Greek Mythology. Apollon was the son of Leto and Zeus, the brother of Goddess Artemis and was the half brother of God Hermes.


Nameday: 5th of June.
Apollon is a simple man; he likes the arts and he can be very creative and imaginative. Sometimes he is considered eccentric due to his tendency to search for inspiration.
Apollon is considered a very erotic man.






Apollo's story & photo gallery
Latest news on Apollo
Apollo
APOLLO came with Cleo from the same owner, he also had a very bad eye infection but it has healed now and is fine....They are both very sweet, friendly donkeys... Apollo is also very curious (nosy) and the best model when we're taking pictures :-)



when Apollo arrived he had deep cuts underneath his eyes.  We started treatment right away and he's looking much better now...enjoying the sunRenata & ApolloSO APOLLO...HOW ARE YOU GOING TO EXPLAIN THIS TO YOUR FAITHFUL SWEETHEART CLEO !!!! ?? I HAVE NOTICED THAT EVER SINCE THE TWO 'BLONDES' PANDORA AND ANTHOULA ARRIVED APOLLO HAS BEEN SPENDING LESS TIME WITH CLEO AND A LOT OF TIME AROUND THE NEW 
LADIES....SOMETHING IS BREWING

11/2011 : APOLLO loves close up shots, nothing shy about our resident Casanovaour handsome boy Apollo...no more sad eyes :-)

Apollo, Zeus and Iason were very happy to welcome the beautiful Violetta to the Sanctuary today...it appears that our new girl is in heat, she got a very enthusiastic welcome from all the lads !!

Summer 2012
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Apollo is the only one who is still wearing his beads :-)  It's like he's proud of it and very much at ease.  All the other donkeys rubbed theirs off so we have to start making some new ones ;-)
September 23 2012
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We spent a lovely day today with our good friends and supporters from Holland...Louise & Anne Marie.
Apollo, casanova of the sanctuary, just loves all our lady visitors and all the attention too of course.
We spent a lovely day today with our good friends and supporters from Holland...Louise & Anne Marie.
Apollo, casanova of the sanctuary, just loves all our lady visitors and all the attention too of course.

November 17 2012
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καληνύχτα & a big kiss from our most charming donkey, Apollo
November 18 2012
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Apollo enjoying all the attention from Kiriaki while the rest of the herd are still having breakfast...
February 21 2013
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We love this photo of our very handsome boy Apollo out in the field this morning grazing on fresh grass and greens, a rare treat for Cretan donkeys...after the month of May everything apart from the herbs will have dried up until almost December so it'll be back again to the dry feed again after May....

May 1 2013
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APOLLO, our Donkey of the Month May, is our most charming donkey who loves attention.  He came with Kleo from the same owner, he also had a very bad eye infection but it has healed now and is fine....They are both very sweet, friendly donkeys... Apollo is also very curious (nosy) and the best model when we're taking pictures :-)
grazing out in the fieldwhen Apollo arrived he had deep cuts underneath his eyes. We started treatment right away and he's looking much better now... 
looking much better then before