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The goddess of archery, wild animals, the forest, and female initiations, as well as the moon and the defender of virginity and modesty, Artemis is a figure from Greek mythology.

She was considered as one of the most significant lunar goddesses in mythology, along with the aforementioned two, because of her close links to Selene, the Moon, and Hecate, another Moon goddess. She frequently prowled the Greek woodlands, accompanied by a sizable group of nymphs, humans, and hunters. Her Roman counterpart is the goddess Diana.

The image of Artemis is that of a fierce goddess who enjoys hunting and punishes those who disobey her severely. The traditional fury of Artemis is a metaphor for the opposition of nature against mankind. Classical Greek mythology has a number of contradictory versions involving the birth of Artemis and Apollo, her twin brother. Regarding her ancestry, however, all traditions concur that she was the twin sister of Apollo and the offspring of Zeus and Leto.

Featured image: Artemis (seated and wearing a radiate crown), the nymph Callisto (left), Eros, and other nymphs. Antique fresco from Pompeii


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