Olympian Gods » Artemis
Artemis, the Goddess of the Hunt and the Moon
Roman name: Diana
Family of Artemis
Parents: Artemis was born as a daughter of Zeus, the Ruler of the Greek gods and the Titaness Leto on Mount Cynthus at the island of Delos in Greece.
Siblings: Artemis had a twin brother, Apollo. Apollo was the god of the Sun, whereas Artemis' cult was connected to the Moon. Artemis was born before Apollo and helped her mother give birth to her little brother.
Goddess Artemis never married.
Artemis, the Virgin Huntress
As a child, Artemis had asked from her father Zeus to remain an eternal virgin and therefore became one of the three Virgin Goddesses in Greek mythology. Artemis had absolute sovereignty over nature and was said to bring fertility to all places that worshipped her. Usually accompanied by Nymphs and Oceanids, Artemis loved to hunt with arrows dipped in poison.
Interesting facts about Artemis
Oddly enough, Artemis was both a killer of wild animals and their protector.
According to Homer, any compulsive sudden death of women was attributed to Artemis
Appearance of Artemis
Artemis was usually armed with bow and arrows and was wearing a knee-high chiton (a sort of tunic).
Symbols of Artemis
The symbols of Artemis were the bow and the pike. Her tree was the cedar and her sacred animals were the snake, the bear and the deer.