Agia Marina Donkey Rescue
Crete




Apollonia 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.
Apollonia is a simple woman; she likes the arts and she can be very creative and imaginative. Sometimes she is considered eccentric due to her tendency to search for inspiration.
Apollonia is considered a very erotic woman

Apollonia's story & photo gallery
Apollonia
We would like to introduce our rescue donkey Apollonia who came to live at the sanctuary end of October 2018.  We named her Apollonia as she is very similar in colour and character to our Apollo who passed away recently.  This beautiful donkey was rescued from a milk farm and possibly with foal.
The donkey herd are very excited that she has come to live here.



A long cool drink after arrival
Phaedra says welcome to her new friend
and the usual gallop around the field to welcome our new donkey
we all think Apollonia is very happy to be here