Exploring the Story of Artemis: Goddess of the Wilderness

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If she were to have company, she always preferred women, and she shunned the presence of men as far as possible.(Littleton 173) Armed with a bow made by Hephaestus and Cyclopes, she dealt ruthlessly with women who broke their vows of chastity and anyone who did not give her what she wanted.(“Artemis”) Artemis was the daughter of Leto and Zeus and the twin of the god Apollo. Shortly after she was born on the island of Ortygia, she helped her mother cross the straits to Delos where she gave birth to Apollo. This is how her role began as a guardian of young children and patron of women in childbirth. Although she was a divinity of healing, she also brought and spread diseases, like leprosy, rabies and gout. She is the goddess of the wilderness, the hunt, wild-animals, and fertility. She is often shown with the crescent moon on her forehead.(“Artemis”)
She was represented as young and tall, wearing a short, but practical tunic. She carried a bow and was accompanied by the fierce hounds that she asked her father for.(Littleton 173) However, her name is not Greek, which suggests that the worship of her predated Greek civilization, and probably began in the East, where she was…

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