Artemis

Goddess of the Wilderness, the Hunt, Virginity, Wild Animals, Hounds, Young Children, and the Moon

 

Twin sister to Apollo.  Known for her relentless rage, especially when a man dares to see her naked, ravishes one of her companions, or dishonors her brother or mother.  Her arrows bring swift death to any who oppose her. Want to know more because she sounds completely awesome? Yeah, me too.  That's why I wrote The Immortals.

 

Roman name: Diana

 

Parents: Leto and Zeus

 

Spouses, lovers, children: None. Virgin goddess.

 

Epithets: Phoebe ("Bright One"), Cynthia (from Mount Kynthos on Delos). Has more epithets than any other god, including Far Shooter, Huntress, Relentless One, Protector of the Innocent, and more.

 

Attributes: golden bow, hounds, hunting tunic.  Sacred animals include deer, bears, dogs, and wolves.

Bronze statue of Artemis and Deer

Made in either the late 1st century BC or early 1st century AD, making it either Greek or Roman.  Found in Rome, near the Church of Saint John Lateran.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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