The greatest Apollon Mystery is “why is he a patron of logical thinking?” The myths he’s in show him as moody and capricious as any Olympian
A lover cheated on him. The news enraged him so much he scorched his informer, a white raven who became a black raven. Then he ordered a hit on the woman by his twin sister and condemned her to Tartarus.
He cheated in a music contest. Morsys the Satyr played him to a draw at first. Then he said they should play their instruments upside down which Morsys couldn’t do. He flayed Morsys alive for daring to challenge him.
Apollo may not be the first Olympian to have an ethical lapse but why is he the patron of logical thinking?
Is he the best candidate for the job? He is in charge of the Delphic Oracle which was a means of deifying intuitive insight. Did the Olympians deem him the most qualified for the job even if he wasn’t the ideal candidate?
That’s the only explanation I can think of. Does anyone else have any thoughts on this? Or know of any other qualifications Apollo may have I am unaware of?
I have a flashfic of the “founding myth” for this Apollon mystery coming out tomorrow. Perhaps this is how it could’ve happened in the myths.
There’re more examples of my Greek Myth “what ifs” in A Heart for Hubris.