Apollo is a god of the Greek pantheon, the deity of archery among many other things. At the beginning of the novel, a dying Xeo sees a vision of him on the battlefield and believes that he chooses Xeo to survive and tell the story of what happened at Thermopylae. Xeo first saw a vision of Apollo when Xeo was a boy; Apollo saved him from death and encouraged him to learn to shoot a bow and arrow. Throughout his life, Xeo maintains a deep devotion to Apollo.
Apollo Character Timeline in Gates of Fire
The timeline below shows where the character Apollo appears in Gates of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Spartan than the Spartans” in their great piety, so Demaratos appealed to Xeo’s reverence for Apollo, who had assisted Xeo’s tale thus far. Xeo apparently finds that Apollo does not wish... (full context)