The Greek goddess Artemis, one of the 12 deities who lived on the slopes of Mount Olympus*, was the twin sister of Apollo*. Fond of hunting, archery, and wild animals, she was also associated with childbirth, the harvest, and the moon. As a virgin goddess, Artemis was considered the guardian of chastity and protector of maidens and small children. She was also worshiped by the Romans, who called her Diana.

deity god or goddess

chastity purity or virginity

Titan one of a family of giants who ruled the earth until overthrown by the Greek gods of Olympus

Artemis and Apollo were the children of Zeus* and the Titan Leto. When Leto was about to deliver the twins, Zeus's jealous wife Hera declared that she would not allow them to be born in any land where the sun shone. For this reason, Zeus led Leto to a floating island and caused a wave to shade the shore, creating a place for the birth that was above ground but hidden from the sun.

Many myths about Artemis relate to her vengeful nature. She was known for punishing humans who offended or angered her. In one story, a young hunter named Actaeon came upon Artemis while she was bathing in a stream. Although he knew better than to spy on a goddess, he was captivated by her beauty. Artemis caught sight of Actaeon and, not wanting him to boast of having seen her naked body, changed him into a stag. His own hounds then attacked and killed him.

In another myth, Artemis and Apollo defended the honor of their mother, Leto. A woman named Niobe, who had six sons and six daughters, boasted that her offspring outshone Leto's two children. Outraged, Leto sent Artemis and Apollo to punish Niobe. The twins shot Niobe's children with their arrows, killing all of them.

In works of art, Artemis is often shown carrying her bow and arrows and surrounded by her hounds. She appears in many literary works including Homer's* Iliad, Ovid's* Metamorphoses, and one play of Euripides*.

See also Apollo ; Diana ; Greek Mythology ; Zeus .

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Nov 18, 2009 @ 4:16 pm
i think that you guys should put myths on artemis!
Reagan Henry
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Apr 13, 2012 @ 12:12 pm
I think there should be pictures to show what the god or goddess looks like.
Donald Trump
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Feb 1, 2016 @ 11:23 pm
I think you should talk about me. I am one of Artemis' dearest friends, for I am very respectful towards her. I hate all Mexicans, which includes Mexican men, which is a breed of man, which she also hates. She only likes me because I am a transgender, meaning I don't have male body parts. This is why I'm so against MExicans: BAck when I was a young hip girl (still hadn't realized I was in the wrong body), I fell in love with Julio de la Rosa, a chivalrous Mexican man, who made all my dreams come true. I fell deeply in love. But then, my brother convinced me that he was actually a vending machine. I shot him with my bow and arrow since my young naïve self believed him. But then, I realized that he actually wasn't a vending machine!!1!! :0 I learned that I acted much too quickly. Then I fell in love with Julio's much more handsome younger brother Harry Styles. Now, I know what youre thinking: WHat??? Harry Styles is British?!?!?! Too bad thats just how it works. He's actually MExican. HE's a big fat liar. However, HArry did not live up to my expectations. I lost all faith in Mexicans. Years later, I was at a PArisian train station, where I saw a young woman. I looked into her eyes; she looked familiar. "Do you not remember me?" I asked, to which she responded with a blank stare.
"I am sorry, I don't know what you’re talking about,” She said. I gave her a sad long lasting look.
“The young German boy? Working in the wall factory?” Her eyes lit up.
“Yes! I remember!” We then proceeded to go to a café, where we went to catch up with each other. “You know,” She suddenly began, “ It was very risky for me to lend you that wall building booklet,” she continued, “I could’ve lost my pass to taco days!” I gawked at her boldness and began to cry.
“Thank you so much,” I cried, “ No one ever cared about me that much. You could’ve lost taco privileges for caring for me. You could’ve turned a blind eye and let me struggle in wall class,” She lifted my chin up with her thin fingers.
“I loved you Donny,” she said and kissed me. That’s the moment I realized I didn’t want to be a woman and that I was transgender and that I wanted to build walls for the rest of my life.
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