Sometimes things just seem to come together. I was scrolling through some images last night and found one of the Greek god Apollo that resonated with a screen cap of Richard Armitage from “Hood Academy” that I’d seen resurface on Tumblr this week. Here I am to share it with you. If you’ve come across any classical mythology in your travels, you’ll probably have learned that the Greek gods often have Roman equivalents: Greek Zeus = Roman Jupiter, Greek Aphrodite = Roman Venus, etc. Such is not the case with Apollo. For the Greeks, and later the Romans, Apollo had numerous areas of influence. He was associated with art, music and literature and is often depicted playing a lyre. The nine Muses who govern all things artistic and intellectual reported to Apollo. He was also associated with light/the sun, as well as with healing and prophecy. There was no god like him in the Roman pantheon, so the Romans simply worshiped Apollo as Apollo.
Apollo and his twin sister Artemis, the goddess of the hunt were also associated with the bow. Interestingly, Apollo’s association with the bow and archery was connected to neither hunting nor military use, but rather with the skill and concentration required for accuracy. One famous story about Apollo and his bow is depicted on the kRAter below (BTW…I am not singling out the kRAter shape… rather the RA related material I find turns up on them…fate?)
According to myth, a human woman named Niobe had bragged that since she had fourteen children, she must be superior to the nymph Leto who had borne only Apollo and Artemis. This kind of boasting was guaranteed to earn Niobe a swift and harsh punishment. The Greeks valued achievement, but perceived that there was a fine line between being proud and being too proud. Those who were too proud were prone to hubris and almost always met a bad end at the hands of one or another offended deity. This vase painting shows us Apollo and Artemis avenging their mother’s reputation by shooting down all of the Niobids (the children of Niobe).
In the detail above we can see the steady determination of Apollo, depicted here as an unbearded youth, as he takes aim at a Niobid. I thought this image seemed familiar, and then I remembered that earlier in the week, I’d seen this one:
I’m fairly certain that Richard Armitage is not taking aim at a Niobid, or any other living thing, but his focus on the target is just as fixed as that of Apollo’s in the vase painting above. Armitage and Apollo: concentRAting archers. There is one possible similarity that I cannot confirm…
Does Apollo employ the Tongue of ConcentRAtion too?