Greek Goddess: Artemis

One of the five goddesses in the Olympian council. (By Ava P.)


  1. This is a picture of a statue of Diana, Artemis' Roman form, holding a deer by it's antelers. This statue is found in Italy.
  2. Artemis is a maiden goddess. Since she is a maiden goddess she has no children and she doesn't have a husband like most gods. When Artemis was a newborn goddes she went to her father Zeus and asked him to grant her a wish. She wanted to remain forever a wild, young maiden hunting through the woods. Artemis asked him to promise never to make her marry. Zeus cosented, and then she asked him for a fleet of fifty nymphs as companions and a pack of lop-eared hounds to hunt with her (picture below). Her hounds and nymphs in a way are like her children, accompanying Artemis while hunting, so they have a great significance because they are Artemis' companions. (Information from D'aulaires' book of Greek Myths)
  3. Artemis is the goddess of hunting and archery. As the goddess of archery, Artemis always hunted with her bow, which was said to bring a painless death unlike her brother Apollo's arrows which would bring a hard and painfull death. Also, she was the goddess of the moon. After Artemis was born she became the goddess with the moon with Selene, a minor goddess who also Artemis' great-aunt. Artemis is also goddess of forests, looking after the forest creatures and punishing mortals who dare try to kill animals in her territory. (Evidence from Wikipedia)
  4. Artemis' symbol is the moon. Artemis's symbol is the moon because she is the moon goddess. Also, Artemis' symbol is a bow and arrow. Artemis hunts through out the forest with her dogs and nymphs and she is the goddes of archery, which explains the bows and arrows. Another one of her symbols is a stag because that is her sacred animal. (wikipedia)
  5. Artemis' origins begin with Zeus falling in love with a woman named Leto. Leto was a beautiful woman born on the island of Kos. After becoming pregnant with the twins Artemis and Apollo, Leto became frighten. For she heard of the horrible things Zeus' wife would do to the women Zeus had affairs with. Hera became jealous and forbid her from giving birth on any landmass. After finding a floating island in the middle of the sea called Delos, Leto gave birth to Artemis and twin Apollo. (Percy Jackson's Greek gods)
  6. The significance of Artemis is very great. Since being a daughter of Zeus, she was always very important. Artemis is one of the twelve Oylmpian gods that take residence on mount Olympus, so she is well known. Artemis is also very important because she is the goddess of the moon, which people of earth worship and love. She also is very important because she is one of the few maiden goddesses. The other two maiden goddesses are Hestia and Athena. (Percy Jackson's Greek Gods)
  7. Artemis was the great Olympian goddess of hunting, wilderness and wild animals. She was also a goddess of childbirth, and the protectress of the girl child up to the age of marriage. Her twin brother Apollo was similarly the protector of the boy child. Together the two gods were also bringers of sudden death and disease--Artemis targetted women and girls, and Apollon men and boys. Even though Artemis resented men, she let her brother kill the men (wikipedia)
  8. Artemis was very protective of herself and her nymphs, and gave grave punishment to any man who attempted to dishonor her in any form. Acteon, while out hunting, accidentally came upon Artemis and her nymphs, who bathing in a secluded pool. Seeing them in all their beauty the stunned Actaeon stopped and gazed at them. But when Artemis saw him ogling them, she transformed him into a stag. Then, incensed with disgust, she set his own hounds upon him. They chased and killed what they thought was another stag, but it was their master. She is a maiden but cares for nymphs so much she would kill for her daughter-like companions. (D'aulaire's)
  9. Artemis had many symbols, but her sacred animals, like her symbolic buck or hounds were very important symbols of hers. Even the great hero Agamemnon came upon the wrath of Artemis, when he killed a stag in her sacred grove. His punishment came when his ships were becalmed, while he made his way to besiege Troy. With no winds to sail his ships he was told by the seer Calchas that the only way Artemis would bring back the winds was for him to sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia. Some versions say he did sacrifice Iphigenia, others that Artemis exchanged a deer in her place, and took Iphigenia to the land of the Tauri (the Crimea) as a priestess, to prepare strangers for sacrifice to Artemis. (D'aulaire's)
  10. Artemis was a very significent goddess. There were festivals in honor of Artemis, such as the Brauronia, which was held in Brauron; and the festival of Artemis Orthia, held at Sparta. When young Spartan boys would try to steal cheeses from the altar. As they tried they would be whipped, the meaning of Orthia and the nature of the ritual whipping has been lost and there is no logical explanation or translation. Among the epithets given to Artemis are: Potnia Theron (mistress of wild animals) this title was mentioned by the great poet Homer; Kourotrophos (nurse of youth's); Locheia (helper in childbirth); Agrotera (huntress); and Cynthia (taken from her birthplace on Mount Cynthus on Delos). When young girls reachedmthe age of 15 they were initiated into her cult, but when they decided to marry, which Artemis was not against, they were asked to lay in front of the altar all the paraphernalia of their toys, dolls and locks of their hair, they then left the domain of the maiden goddess. (D'aulaire's)
  11. Artemis was a very important goddess. She was worshiped in most Greek cities but only as a secondary deity. However, to the Greeks in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) she was a prominent deity. In Ephesus, a principal city of Asia Minor, a great temple was built in her honor, which became one of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World". But at Ephesus she was worshiped mainly as a fertility goddess, and was identified with Cybele the mother goddess of eastern lands. The cult statues of the Ephesian Artemis differ greatly from those of mainland Greece, whereas she is depicted as a huntress with her bow and arrows. (D'aulaire's)
  12. Artemis is a very famous Grecian Goddess. Her Roman form is Diana, she is daughter of Leto and Zeus, and the twin of Apollo. Artemis is the goddess of the wilderness, the hunt and wild animals, and fertility (she became a goddess of fertility and childbirth mainly in cities). She was often depicted with the crescent of the moon above her forehead and was sometimes identified with Selene (goddess of the moon). Artemis was one of the Olympians and a virgin goddess. Her main vocation was to roam mountain forests and uncultivated land with her nymphs in attendance hunting for lions, panthers, hinds and stags. Contradictory to the later, she helped in protecting and seeing to their well-being, also their safety and reproduction. She was armed with a bow and arrows which were made by Hephaestus and the Cyclopes. (D'aulaire's)
  13. She was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, twin sister of Apollo. She was born on the island of Ortygia (Delos), where Leto had found shelter after being hunted by the lawful wife of Zeus, Hera. As soon as Artemis was born, she helped her mother give birth to her twin brother, thereby becoming the protector of childbirth and labour. She asked her father to grant her a wish of become a maiden, and never gave in to any potential lovers; devoted to hunting and nature, she rejected marriage and love. She was the protector of nature and the hunt; both wild and tame animals were under her protection. She also protected the agriculture and animal herding. (wikipedia)
  14. Artemis' Roman form is Diana. In Roman mythology, Diana was the goddess of the hunt, the moon and birthing, being associated with wild animals and woodland, and having the power to talk to and control animals. Diana was worshipped in ancient Roman religion and is revered in Roman Neopaganism and Stregheria. Dianic Wicca, a largely feminist form of the practice, is named for her. Diana was known to be the maiden goddess of childbirth and women. She was one of the three maiden goddesses, Diana, Minerva and Vesta, who swore never to marry. (wikipedia)
  15. Artemis doesn't have any children but she almost had a child. She never had any love affairs, but one. That was with the mortal Orion. Artemis was in love with Orion. However, upset that his sister's time and attentions had been diverted away from him, the God Apollo, her twin, became very jealous. So when Orion was swimming far into the ocean Apollo made a wager with Artemis that she couldn’t hit the floating object on the horizon. (god and goddess)
  16. Artemis being the prideful archer she was took the wager gladly and proudly drew her bow and shot the object on the horizon winning the wager. However once she won she realized that the “floating object” was actually her only lover Orion. In her great grief the Goddess Artemis turned Orion into various stars and shot him into the night sky, making him a constellation in the night sky forevermore. (god and goddess)
  17. Artemis was a strong goddess, who was brave and swift. After she was born she went to the forges of the cyclopes and asked for them to make a silver bow and a quiver in return she would give the cyclopes her first game that she killed with her bow. The cyclopes agreed. They finished the bow and the lead cyclops Brontes tried to kiss the young Artemis but lost a whole chunk of his beard. Artemis ran away laughing at her new bow and she shot a pine tree, an olive tree, a wild boar and a whole city of men with just one arrow. She ran all through out the night sending volleys of arrows into the moonlight. (Heroes, gods and monster of the Greek Myths)
  18. Artemis is a very important goddess. Artemis had other followers besides the nymphs called "the huntresses of Artemis". A huntress of Artemis would swear to become a maiden for all eternity in exchange for eternal youth unless killed in battle. If a huntress broke theur promise they would have to face to wrath of Artemis which would never turn out well. The girl would either be turned into some animal and be shot by Artemis or the eternal youth would instantly wear off leaving her to a pile of ashes. Both would end in death. (Heroes, gods and monster of the Greek Myths)
  19. Apollo was very different from his twin sister Artemis.One example is Apollo being the sun gos and Artemis being the moon goddess. Also, Apollo was married to a lot of women and Artemis was a maiden goddess. Also, Apollo is said to have long blonde hair but Artemis had long, black hair. Also Apollo did not like to hunt, unlike the hunting goddess Artemis. (Heroes, gods and monster of the Greek Myths)
  20. Artemis and Apollo were also alike. For example, they are both the gods of archery. Also, they both replaced two other gods when they were born, Selene and Helios. Also, they are both Olympian gods and they live on mount Olympus. Also, they both like to play nasty tricks on each other, like when Apollo tricked his sister into shooting her one true love, Orion. (Heroes, gods and monster of the Greek Myths)
  21. Artemis played a major role in the Trojan war. Artemis may have been represented as a supporter of Troy because her brother Apollo was the patron god of the city and she herself was widely worshipped in western Anatolia in historical times. In the Iliad she came to blows with Hera, when the divine allies of the Greeks and Trojans engaged each other in conflict. Hera struck Artemis on the ears with her own quiver, causing the arrows to fall out. As Artemis fled crying to Zeus, Leto gathered up the bow and arrows. Artemis played quite a large part in this war. Like her mother and brother, who was widely worshiped at Troy, Artemis took the side of the Trojans. At the Greek's journey to Troy, Artemis becalmed the sea and stopped the journey until an oracle came and said they could win the goddess' heart by sacrificing Iphigenia, Agamemnon's daughter. (wikipedia)