According to myth Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto, the chief god and his titan mate, as well as, the twin brother of Artemis, goddess of the hunt. He had the widest range of divine attributes of the gods, combined with the paradoxes typical to Greek deities. He was patron of archery and bows, yet his arrows brought plague and sickness to humans. Contrarily, he was the god of medicine, fathering the greatest of all mythical doctors. He was the patron of music and the arts, yet with the conceit characteristic of the gods, he had the Satyr Marsayas flayed alive for his insolence in challenging Apollo to a musical competition. For all of his inconsistencies, Apollo was one of the best loved of the Olympian gods.