The sun, the god of music. (Roman mythology.)
Apollo's angry, and the heavens themselves
Do strike at my injustice.
Shakespeare: Winter's Tale
, iii. 2.
A perfect Apollo.
A model of manly beauty, referring to the Apollo Belvidere (q.v.
The Apollo of Portugal.
Luis Camoëns, author of the Lusiad
, so called, not for his
beauty, but for his poetry. He was god of poetry in Portugal, but was
allowed to die in the streets of Lisbon like a dog, literally of
starvation. Our own Otway suffered a similar fate. (1527–1579.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894