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Olympian Gods » Artemis, the Goddess of the Hunt and the Moon

Artemis's representation Artemis was the Greek goddess of the hunt and the moon and protector of expectant women and the young.

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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.

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.



The Roman name of Artemis is "Diana"

Myths and Fables about Artemis

Goddess Artemis, the Protector of Animals
Goddess Artemis, the Protector of Animals
Artemis, Apollo and the Tears of Niobe
Artemis, Apollo and the Tears of Niobe
Artemis and Actaeon
Artemis and Actaeon

Places of Worship related to Artemis

Places of worship of Artemis-Temple of Orthia Artemis, Sparta
Temple of Orthia Artemis, Sparta
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Temple of Artemis in Brauron, Greece
Places of worship of Artemis-Temple of Artemis
Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, Turkey

Titles of Artemisclick to expand

Ariste ("perfect") , Calliste ("fairest") , Caryatis ("of the walnut tree") , Cynthia ("of Mount Cynthus in Delos, Greece") , Daphnia ("of the laurel tree") , Ephesian ("from Ephesus") , Hymnia ("of the songs/hymns") , Kourotrophos ("upbringer of young children") , Kynigetis ("huntress") , Limnatis (resting beneath the lakes) , Lochia ("patron of pregnant women") , Potnia theron ("lover/mistress of the animals")