Myths and Folklore: Artemis

The Diana of Versailles, Roman copy of Greek statue.
Artemis, the daughter of Leto and Zeus, and the twin of Apollo. She is the Greek goddess of hunt, wilderness, wild animals, and Moon. She helped her mother to give birth to Apollo, so she is sometimes seen as a goddess of fertility and childbirth, even though she is a virgin goddess. She chose wild forests as her home where she could hunt and dance with her nymphs.

She is known to be quite cruel and merciless, especially when it comes to protecting her animals and (young) women/nymphs from people with bad intentions.
Actaeon tasted her wrath after seeing her naked while bathing. She turned him into a stag and his own hounds torn him to pieces.

Her Roman counterpart is Diana.

Part of The Diana and Actaeon Fountain in Palace of Caserta.


Artemis: Virgin Goddess of the Sun & Moon by Sorita D'este

The goddess Artemis is best known today as a goddess of the hunt and of the new moon, yet to those who worshipped at her ancient temples and sanctuaries she was far more than just that. To them she was a powerful and complex goddess whose influence spread far and wide throughout the ancient world. She was worshipped and celebrated as a goddess of childbirth, women, song, dance and of wild animals. As the daughter of the Titan goddess Leto by the Olympian Father god Zeus, Artemis would prove herself from the moment of her own birth, by assisting her mother with the birth of her own twin brother, Apollo. Zeus, who fathered children with many other goddesses and mortals, had a special affection for Artemis from the start and gave her all the gifts she asked for and more, making her one of the most powerful of the Olympian goddesses. Artemis, Virgin Goddess of the Sun & Moon by Sorita D'Este, explores the myths, powers and worship of this beautiful goddess. It is a thorough study with details of her temples and sanctuaries, the festivals which were held in honour of her, the roles she fulfilled in the myths, animals which were sacred to her, her relationship with her virgin attendants and other deities, as well as the many titles which were bestowed upon her. This groundbreaking book provides the most comprehensive study of this enduring goddess to date.

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan 

When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared—a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.

Artemis the Brave (Goddess Girls #4) by Joan Holub 

Well-researched and true to the original myths, each volume in the Goddess Girls series addresses contemporary issues, like friendships and relationships, from a classically accurate—and entertaining—perspective.
In Artemis the Brave, Artemis, goddess of the hunt, is always perceived as the bravest goddessgirl at Mount Olympus Academy. What her classmates and best friends don’t realize is that sometimes she isn’t as courageous as she looks. And when Orion—a foreign exchange student from Earth—enters the picture, she is even more nervous than usual! Can Artemis prove to her friends, and herself, that she can live up to her goddess name?


julie tearjerky said...

Artemis is also my favorite goddess! :)

Petra said...

I'm glad to hear that! :) I think she is underrated.

julie tearjerky said...

I think so, too. Aphrodite and Athena are more popular.

Ula (Blog of Erised) said...

I love these Mythology posts, I used to be such a geek for Greek and Roman gods as a kid. Great! :)

Leah Woods said...

Love this post! I've been wanting to learn more about Greek mythology - it's just so intimidating with so many gods etc to it :)

Petra said...

And they are great, but so is Artemis! :)

@Ula and Leah

Thank you! :)
And yes, it can be quite intimidating, but it's fascinating nevertheless.:)

DMS said...

I have always thought Artemis was awesome. Loved seeing the pictures and statues. I read The Titan's Curse and loved it (great series). I will have to check out the others. :)

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