Apollo or Apollon is the Greek deity of the sun, healing, music, archery, prophecy, poetry, light, medicine, knowledge, truth, oracles, plague and disease, and the protection of the young. He is the son of Zeus and Leto and the twin brother of the chaste huntress Artemis. His Roman counterpart is also called Apollo.As the patron of Delphi (Pythian Apollo), Apollo was an oracular god—the prophetic deity of the Delphic Oracle. Medicine and healing are associated with Apollo, whether through the god himself or mediated through his son Asclepius, yet Apollo was also seen as a god who could bring ill-health and deadly plague. Amongst the god's custodial charges, Apollo became associated with dominion over colonists, and as the patron defender of herds and flocks. As the leader of the Muses (Apollon Musegetes) and director of their choir, Apollo functioned as the patron god of music and poetry. Hermes created the lyre for him, and the instrument became a common attribute of Apollo. Hymns sung to Apollo were called paeans.