Monday, January 18, 2016

Artemis Facts: Part 2

Artemis was the daughter of the Leto, daughter of the Titans Coeus and Phoebe, and Zeus, the King of the Greek gods. She was the Greek goddess of hunting, wilderness, wild animals, childbirth, and virginity. Thus, here are a few facts about the Greek goddess Artemis.

10. Artemis reacted in rage whenever her desires were defied, mainly if anyone violated the creatures that were holy to her.

9. Artemis beseeched Zeus to endow her with everlasting virginity, which was granted.

8. The twins, Apollo and Artemis, allied to kill the children of Niobe, queen of Thebes. They murdered them with their bows and arrows.

7. Artemis was glorified far in Greece but only as a subsidiary divinity.

6. A shrine constructed in Artemis's honor became one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World," called the Temple of Artemis.

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5. At least 2 carnivals were celebrated in honor of Artemis: the festival of Artemis Orthia and Brauronia.

4. Homer, author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, mentioned the Greek goddess Artemis as a mistress of untamed beasts.

3. Artemis spent most of her time wandering the forests with her nymphs, a mythological being envisioned as a pretty maiden.

2. Artemis was depicted as both hunting creatures as well as defending them.

1. Hephaestus and Cyclops crafted Artemis's bow and arrows.

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Bonus:

1. Artemis is frequently shown with a deer or hunting dog in artwork.

2. Artemis is the guardian of virginity and she tenders to the youth.
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