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ARTEMIS, GODDESS OF THE HUNT
LATIN - DIANA
Like her brother Apollo, Artemis hunts with a silver
bow and silver arrows, made for her by the three Cyclopes named Brontes,
Arges and Steropes. They had been told by Zeus to obey whatever she
commanded of them, and Artemis had instructed these great smiths to
create a splendid silver bow and a quiver full of arrows.
Lustful Poseidon once had his way with a beauty named Caeneus, who resisted the sea god's advances. Following the assault, a contrite Poseidon fulfilled her wishes and transformed her into a male warrior.
The priests of Artemis were, quite arguably, the world's first bankers. They would issue receipts for the deposit of gold and other precious goods and these receipts would be used as payment, or guarantee of payment, throughout the Greek and Roman worlds - from Britain to Central Asia and Africa.
Artemis and her twin brother Apollo were the children of Zeus and Leto, who was
the daughter of the Titans Phoebe and Coeus. They were born on the island of
Delos because Hera, jealous of her husband's love for the woman, had refused
Leto to give birth on neither the mainland nor an island out at sea. The only
place safe enough to give birth was Delos, because Delos was said to be a
"Pray give me eternal virginity; as many names as my brother Apollo; a
bow and arrows like his; the office of bringing light; a saffron hunting
tunic with a red hem reaching to my knees; sixty young ocean nymphs from
Amnisus in Crete, to take care of my buskins and feed my hounds when I
am not out shooting; all the mountains in the world; and, lastly, any
city you care to choose for me, but one will be enough, because I intend
to live on mountains most of the time. Unfortunately, women in labor
will often be invoking me, since my mother Leto carried and bore me
without pains, and the Fates have therefore made me patroness of
Hence, she also presides over childbirth; as stated
above, this goes back to the fact that she did not cause her mother any
pain when she was born.
Artemis demanded complete chastity from her
followers and when one of her nymphs, Callisto, was seduced by Zeus and
her pregnancy was revealed, she was changed by Artemis into a bear.
The temple of Artemis at Ephesus was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Artemis was the protecting deity of the ferocious Amazons who, like her, were warriors and huntresses, living together independent of men.
The Temple of Artemis no longer stands. The wonder of the ancient world was built after the death of Alexander the Great, about 320 B.C., and stood for a thousand years, only to be destroyed by the Goths