Artemis Questions and Answers, Set I

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Artemis Questions and Answers, Set I

Question: What is the meaning behind the “Running Artemis”?

Answer: This is a reference to a famous figure on the east pediment of the Parthenon. An image of this figure can be viewed at:
Running Artemis

The image contains a remarkable fluidity and dynamic grace and so it is described as running. Since the thought of running brings Artemis most immediately to mind the figure is reffered to as the running Artemis. Yet the scene of the east pediment is believed to be the birth of Athena. More than likely the figure is Iris, the messenger goddess, running to announce the birth.

A drawing of the East Pediment is at:
Parthenon East Pediment
while the sculpture itself is at the British Museum in London. The dynamic
nature of the statue and the drapery are quite interesting.
This statue may have been carved by Phidias in the period 447-432 BCE.

Question: You don’t have much on Artemis(Diana). I found out that her
image and her myths have been the subject of many ancient Greek pottery
paintings and 17th century canvases. Do you think that her image-in various
art pieces-challenged normative depictions of women during the times of their
creations? How–if at all–has her image and legend contributed to art

Answer: The stories of Artemis are a little hard to apply to our current
world so they are not as popular. But the image of a young woman huntress
in the act of hunting is quite popular. Artists like the dynamic action
and the patrons like the lithe female form. I think her depiction has
challenged normative depictions of women. When St. Gaudens installed his Diana
on Madison Square gardens, there was quite a stir. The complaints about her
nudity caused the artist to fashion a metal net skirt to cover her up.
Years later, when it fell off, nobody noticed. The stir about nudity may
have been related to other issues. Artemis, like Atalanta, who she may have
been modeled after, was an active woman. Men often prefer more passivity
and this behavior is often the style for women. Nudity can symbolize freedom
in a woman and so nudity in an Artemis may equate to freedom of action. This
is not considered ladylike. There is an index to material on Artemis at:
Click here

Question: I would like some information about the jointed dolls with traces
of polychrome? The female figures that were used as a sacrifice to Artemis?

Answer: During the 1940’s a site in Corinth, Greece yielded the remains
of a potter’s studio of ancient times which included some jointed dolls of
the sort you indicate. The pictue that I have is a reconstruction of that
studio and does include doll parts. My guess is that these parts were used
in ordinary dolls that girls would play with. What you are suggesting is
that doll parts were also found at sites dedicated to Artemis. I cannot
verify this now, but I can make some suggestions. Artemis was considered
to be responsible for the birth process. Women would problably come to her
temple when they became pregnant to pray for an easy pregnancy. The doll
was probably more of a gift to Artemis to help the goddess to know what to
do. The doll might be made up as a pregnant woman to tell Artemis what the
supplicant wanted. These dolls were probably inexpensive enough for ordinary
women to afford.

Question: when are artemis’s feast days


  • (May 2) 6 Thargelion (G) Holy Day of Artemis
  • (Jun 1) 6 Skiraphorion (G) Holy Day of Artemis
  • (Jun 30) 6 Hekatombaion (G) Holy Day of Artemis
  • (Jul 30) 6 Metageitnion (G) Holy Day of Artemis

Other information about ancient calendars can be found at:
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Question: Was Artemis jealous that she would always be a virgin and couldn’t
have kids or was she just mad at women having kids?

Answer: Neither. The trick, for a woman is to be a virgin until she
marries, and then bear healthy babies after that. The more sex that a woman
has before she marries, the more likely it is that she will contact a
venereal disease that will eventually produce deformed and unhealthy babies.
The ancients must have had a sense of this rule even though they had a poor
notion of how disease is transmitted. The virginity of Artemis was intended
for women before marriage as the following quote from Harrison indicates:

"Maid of the Mere, Timarete here brings.
Before she weds, her cymbals, her dear ball
To thee a Maid, her maiden offerings,
Her snood, her maiden dolls, their clothes and all.
Hold, Leto's Child, above Timarete
Thine hand, and keep her virginal like thee."

Question: Why did Artemis not like men?

Answer: Artemis liked men, but she liked them to stay celibate until
after they were married. And when they were married, she did not want
them fooling around with virgins and having sex with them. She also wanted
men to be extra careful with anything pregnant, human or animal. She liked
men but she made powerful demands on them. Not everyone could live up to

Question: artemis photo

Answer: To see an ancient Greek image of Artemis, click above. I do not
think that anyone has ever photographed her.

Question: Why do fools fall in love

Answer: Aristotle says: “For if we were to follow out the view of
Empedocles, and interpret it according to its meaning and not to its lisping
expression, we should find that Love is the cause of good things, and Strife
bad. Therefore, if we said that Empedocles in a sense both mentions, and is
the first to mention, the bad and the good as principles, we should perhaps
be right….”

Question: How do images of Artemis show feminism in the ancient world and today?

Answer: This is done in a very unsettling way, for Artemis is a cold-blooded
killer, not a very ladylike quality. Men want their wives to have a gentle,
supportive personality, so they can raise infants well. Artemis contrasts
with this character. She is wild and ruthless. But she is dressed like a
lady. It is in her dress that her feminine character is displayed. Study
the following image:

Click here
Artemis is killing Actaeon simply because he saw her naked. Her femininity
is expressed by her graceful lithe form and delicate dress. Her hair
is carefully tended and she wears a crown. The bows and arrows signifify
her death dealing nature. This is in contrast to her femininity.

Question: I read somewhere that she is the goddess of the Amazons. Is this true?

Answer: It might be. What is certain is that the Amazon’s worshipped a
goddess. It might also be the case that the Amazons were a group of people
who did not want to follow the Greeks and have Zeus, a male god, as primary.
But also Athena, Aphrodite, and Hera are candidates for Amazon worship. It
would have been much smarter for them to worship Athena, the goddess of wisdom,
but Paris would have been smarter to choose Athena too. I think Artemis is
assigned to the Amazons simply because Artemis was very like an Amazon. The
Phrygians, a people who were neighbors of the Amazons provided the cult of
the Great Mother. This religion seems to relate to an earlier period when
Hera, Aphrodite, Athena, and Artemis were undifferentiated. If the Amazons
were involved in a religion like this, then they worshipped a goddess that was
outside the Greek pantheon.

Question: What do you think about the view that Acteon was actually killed
not simply because he saw Artemis naked but mestruating? (a view supported in
a book but I don’t have any references).

Answer: Menstruation was a great mystery to ancient peoples. Fraser
says: “The the object of secluding women at menstruation is to neutralize the
dangerous influences which are supposed to emanate from them at such times.”
But this is the first reference that I know of a goddess menstruating. Some
people seem to have treated it as a disorder. Ads for feminine products
suggest that it is something to be embarrassed about. Graves relates the
Acteon myth to other myths that would make Acteon a consort of Artemis who
had to die as plants die in the winter. The bathing was to prepare her
for a new, yearly, consort. This makes more sense to me. The story is that
Acteon saw Artemis naked and desired to make love with her. She desired to
retain her virginity so to eliminate his advances she turned him into a stag
and he was devoured by his own dogs. This becomes a warning to men not to
give in to passions brought on by accidental events. The other story would
be that Acteon saw Artemis menstruating. Artemis then was so embarrassed
that she turned Acteon into a stag to be devoured by his dogs. What is the
moral here?

Question: who is kelen

Answer: Perhaps Helen misspelled.

Question: who were six sister who became stars

Answer: Scholiast on Pindar, Nem. ii. 16:
The Pleiades…. whose stars are these: — `Lovely Teygata, and
dark-faced Electra, and Alcyone, and bright Asterope, and
Celaeno, and Maia, and Merope, whom glorious Atlas begot….’
`In the mountains of Cyllene she (Maia) bare Hermes, the herald
of the gods.’

Question: In Ephese I saw a statue of the Goddess Artemis with an enormous
amount of breasts. To me it looked more like an older fertility godess. Could
you send me some info on this. Thanks

Answer: A picture of this goddess is available at:
Click here

Though the Artemis of Epheseus is often described as many breasted, she
may also be described as many egged. The spheres may also represent egg-cases
that are found on many insects. This does not change the over all
interpretation of the statue. The fact is that the Artemis of Epheseus is
not a hellenic Artemis. This should be obvious by comparing this statue
with the typical image of Artemis as a youthful huntress. Notice that the
statue resembles a pillar and that the lower part of the statue contains
rows of animals (lions, rams, and bulls). Some scholars have swuggested that
protrusions on Artemis were testicles. A more likely interpretation suggests that they are bags containing a good-luck charm.

Originally, the Artemis of Epheseus was associated with the Amazons. But
it is clear that this goddess is more closely associated with the oriental
prototype of Aphrodite, and the Cappadocian goddess Ma, another form of
Cybele. The Hellenic Artemis came down from the north with early settlers of
Greece. Central Turkey was a center of Great Mother worship from of the
time of the Hittites down to the Roman period. The Artemis of Epheseus
seems to relate to this worship. The Amazons are supposed to have built the
first temple to Artemis at Epheseus. They installed the first statue of
Artemis in the trunk of a tree. The battles between the Greeks and the
Amazons may ultimately have been about the rejection of this Mother worship.

Question: What kind of daily lives did the ancient greek civilization live,
and what was there concept of beauty? (please email me-thank you)

Answer: Click here
Their concept of beauty was an ideal that they incorporated into their idea
of the deities. A page on Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty
is at:
Click here”

Question: Did Artemis ever have a boyfriend/lover

Answer: Artemis was a beautiful maiden so many loved her, but she rejected
them all. Some of her noteworthy rejections include Action and Orion. Hippolytus loved her but it was a Platonic form of love.

Question: who is the god of fire

Answer: Hephaestus, but Prometheus gave fire to man.

Question: was artemis the godess of hunting and wild nature

Answer: Not really. Artemis was the goddess of wild things, but she is
shown hunting because she is a goddess of death. She was the goddess of
wild nature.

Question: what month was artemis born in

Answer: The birthday of Artemis was celebrated everywhere in Greece on the
5th day of every month.

Question: what is a lesson taught by artemis’ actions? could u send me
something to help me with my project?

Answer: I will analyse some passages from the Iliad:

“Artemis herself had taught him (Scamandrius) how to kill every kind of wild
creature that is bred in mountain forests, but neither she nor his famed
skill in archery could now save him, for the spear of Menelaus struck him in
the back as he was flying;…” (Book V, Iliad)

Analysis: Even the favor of Artemis is not enough to overcome fate.

The son of Tydeus then gave way for a little space, to avoid the
anger of the god, while Apollo took Aeneas out of the crowd and set
him in sacred Pergamus, where his temple stood. There, within the
mighty sanctuary, Leto and Artemis healed him and made him glorious to
behold, while Apollo of the silver bow fashioned a wraith in the
likeness of Aeneas, and armed as he was. (Book V, Iliad)

Analysis: Artemis has the ability to heal if you get her favor.

“…his daughter was killed by Diana of the golden reins, for she was
angered with her;…” (Book VI, Iliad)

Analysis: Disease is the same as being killed by Artemis. Keep Artemis
happy to avoid disease.

Question: picture of zues

Answer: Zeus is above while Artemis pours the
libation by his right foot.

Council of the gods(Aphrodite, Artemis,
Apollo, Zeus, Thetis, Achilles, Athena, Hera, and unnamed goddess)

Question: It has been said that artemis is the only virgin goddess in
greek mathology, if this is so then why in some of the storys ive heard there
has been talk about artemis’s son?

Answer: Artemis was not the only virgin goddess. There were many others
but Athena is the best example. Both Aphrodite and Hera could restore their
virginity by bathing. I know of no stories where a son of Artemis is
mentioned. Artemis is an eternal maiden.

Question: what is greek mythology?how do i know more about greek mythology?

Answer: Greek mythology consists of stories written by the ancient Greeks
about their gods and goddesses. You can best learn about Greek mythology
by reading literature that they wrote. The famous ancient Greek writers
include Aeschylus, Aesop, Aristophanes, Aristotle, Demosthenes, Diogenes
Laertius, Euripides, Herodotus, Hesiod, Homer, Lucian, Pindar, Plato, Plutarch,
Quintus Smyrnaeus, Sophocles, Sappho, Theocritus, Moschus, Thucydides,
Xenephon. Just look up the names in your local library.

Question: i am writting about artemis and was looking for book suggestions
to add to my bibliography

Answer: I do not know of any books just on Artemis, but you can go to
the Menu Directory below and click on Bibliography.


Answer: In addition to the ones listed above there is also the famous
Diana by Ausgustus St. Gaudens:
Click here

Question: What significant event happened during the period of Artemes’

Answer: Artemis was a goddess and not a queen. She is immortal and still
reigns. For a goddess what is important is not her time of reign but her
domain of responsibility or influence. For Artemis this is wild things,
youth, birth, and sickness. Today the environment would come within her

Question: what methods did artemis use for whatever reason?

Answer: She shot arrows at people and killed them. This was the Greek
concept of disease. Usually Apollo shot the men and Artemis shot the women.

Question: Why did people worship Artemis?

Answer: They thought she could help them with natural events and pregnancy.

Question: What does Godess of the hunt mean?

Answer: If you needed to hunt deer to provide meat for your family, you
would pray and sacrifice to Artemis. If you made her happy she would allow
you to kill one of her deer. But you would have to not kill a deer that was
pregnant. If you did you might have to sacrifice one of your children to
Artemis. If you were successful and were able to kill a deer then you would
want to cut off some fat and bind it around some of the steak meat of the
thigh of the animal. Then you would broil the meat over the open fire so
Artemis could smell the meat cooking. When the meet was well cooked you
would eat it respectfully with a prayer to Artemis. This is your way of
thanking Artemis for the meat.

Question: Was Artemis beautiful like her twin brother Appolo

Answer: Artemis was a very beautiful goddess.

Question: where can i find a timeline on the events of artemis

Answer: By 750 BCE the worship of Artemis had spread all over Greece.
Artemis seems to have come from some northern country prior to this. By 125 AD
the worship of Artemis was essentially vanished.

Question: What role did Artemis play in Roman Religion?

Answer: The Roman equivalent to Artemis was Diana.

Question: What was her symbols??

Answer: She is pictured as a young woman with a bow and arrow. Sometimes
she is accompanied by a deer.

Question: what was her role in the odyssey

Answer: Artemis is mentioned but she does not play a major role.
Even so the quotes about her can be very informative:

Nausicaa is compare to Artemis: “And even as Artemis, the archer, moveth
down the mountain, either along the ridges of lofty Taygetus or Erymanthus,
taking her pastime in the chase of boars and swift deer,
and with her the wild wood-nymphs disport them, the
daughters of Zeus, lord of the aegis, and Leto is glad at
heart, while high over all she rears her head and brows,
and easily may she be known,–but all are fair”

Artemis is a cause of death: “did Artemis the
archer slay thee with the visitation of her gentle shafts?”

Artemis causes the breakup of Ariadne and Theseus: “and fair Ariadne, the
daughter of wizard Minos, whom Theseus on a time was
bearing from Crete to the hill of sacred Athens, yet had he
no joy of her; for Artemis slew her ere that in sea-girt
Dia, by reason of the witness of Dionysus.”

Penelope prays to Artemis:
‘Artemis, lady and goddess, daughter of Zeus, would that
even now thou wouldst plant thy shaft within my breast and
take my life away, even in this hour! Or else, would that
the stormwind might snatch me up, and bear me hence down
the dusky ways, and cast me forth where the back-flowing
Oceanus mingles with the sea. It should be even as when the
stormwinds bare away the daughters of Pandareus. Their
father and their mother the gods had slain, and the maidens
were left orphans in the halls, and fair Aphrodite
cherished them with curds and sweet honey and delicious
wine. And Here gave them beauty and wisdom beyond the lot
of women, and holy Artemis dowered them with stature, and
Athene taught them skill in all famous handiwork. Now while
fair Aphrodite was wending to high Olympus, to pray that a
glad marriage might be accomplished for the maidens,–and
to Zeus she went whose joy is in the thunder, for he knows
all things well, what the fates give and deny to mortal
men–in the meanwhile the spirits of the storm snatched
away these maidens, and gave them to be handmaids to the
hateful Erinyes. Would that in such wise they that hold the
mansions of Olympus would take me from the sight of men, or
that fair-stressed Artemis would strike me, that so with a
vision of Odysseus before mine eyes I might even pass
beneath the dreadful earth, nor ever make a baser man’s
delight! But herein is an evil that may well be borne,
namely, when a man weeps all the day long in great sorrow
of heart, but sleep takes him in the night, for sleep makes
him forgetful of all things, of good and evil, when once it
has overshadowed his eyelids. But as for me, even the
dreams that the gods send upon me are evil. For
furthermore, this very night one seemed to lie by my side,
in the likeness of my lord, as he was when he went with the
host, and then was my heart glad, since methought it was no
vain dream but a clear vision at the last.’

Question: Artemis is said to be the goddess of nature but that makes her
sound motherly. What was her real personality?

Answer: She was more of a wild child, but she did take care of pregnant
mothers. She had to have fairly cold blood because her arrows regularly killed
people. Hesiod says: “Nor does laughter-loving Aphrodite ever tame in love
Artemis, the huntress with shafts of gold; for she loves archery
and the slaying of wild beasts in the mountains, the lyre also
and dancing and thrilling cries and shady woods and the cities of
upright men.” (To Aphrodite, (ll. 7-32))

Question: I am doing a report on the sculpture “Dying Niobid”. Who were the
Niobids and why did Artemis kill them? Was her brother Apollo inoled

Answer: The story is in the Iliad, Book I: “Even lovely Niobe had to think
about eating, though her twelve children- six daughters and six
lusty sons- had been all slain in her house. Apollo killed the sons
with arrows from his silver bow, to punish Niobe, and Artemis slew the
daughters, because Niobe had vaunted herself against Leto; she said
Leto had borne two children only, whereas she had herself borne
many- whereon the two killed the many. Nine days did they lie
weltering, and there was none to bury them, for the son of Saturn
turned the people into stone; but on the tenth day the gods in
heaven themselves buried them, and Niobe then took food, being worn
out with weeping. They say that somewhere among the rocks on the
mountain pastures of Sipylus, where the nymphs live that haunt the
river Achelous, there, they say, she lives in stone and still nurses
the sorrows sent upon her by the hand of heaven.”

Question: how is her relationship with her brother Apollo?

Answer: They had a productive relationship.

Question: Where can I find the roman goddess diana

Answer: For the most part Diana is here, but there are sites on Roman
religion in the resource page. Click on the Menu Directory below and then
click on Resource.

Question: what do you mean by “productive relationship” ? can you be more

Answer: When Niobe insulted their mother, Apollo killed Niobe’s sons while
Artemis killed Niobe’s daughters.

Question: Why did Artemis stay a Virgin?

Answer: Maidenhood involves virginity and she was the goddess of maidenhood.

Question: Please can you talk more about Artemis’ triple aspect?

Answer: In the case of Artemis the tripling process was made more difficult
by including Artemis as one of the triples, the other two being Selene and
Hecate. Artemis represents youth, Selene represents matroness, and Hecate
represents the old crone. Artemis herself is a symbol of life: youth,
maturity, and old-age. In the normal depiction of Artemis, youth is
symbolized by her youthful appearance, maturity by her womb, and death by her

Artemis was the goddess of wild Nature, a virgin huntress for the
other deities. She was goddess of the moon, as her brother Apollo was
god of the sun. She has a triple aspect associated with the sky as Selene,
Artemis on earth, and Hecate in the lower world. This triple aspect is
also associated with youth maturity and death. She is often represented as
a lithe young woman with a bow and arrow. Her femaleness is associated
with youth and birth. The bow and arrow, with which she shoots her victims,
represents death.

Harrison points out that the tripling begins when the mother goddess
produces a maid goddess in her own image. The process continues because
three is a more sacred number that two. The rituals often had three
steps and a goddess was invoked at each step. There are also artistice
compositional reasons for the superiority of three.

Question: Is there a reliable image of Atalanta, Goddess of Speed? I have
an Atalanta sportscar 1939.

Answer: Wrestling of Peleus and Atalanta, Atalanta Peleus Staatliche Antikensammlungen 596. Also pictures of Artemis can be used.

Question: Can you describe to me in detail how Artemis throne looked like?

Answer: A throne in those days looks very much like a dining chair used today:
Ancient Greek chair or throne. Here is Zeus on such a throne: Click here
The throne of Artemis may have been a klysmos chair: Achilles on a klismos chair

Question: where did you find the “timeline of events” posted and how do you
explain the 25000? How do you support the “coming ti Greece thesis? And another
suggestion: she is NOT moon godess until connected with Apollo cult, that
element is secondary (11/17/00 12:11)

Answer: Marija Gibutas, in her book The Language of the Goddess states
in her introduction on page xix: “The major aspects of the Goddess of the
Neolithic–the birth-giver, portrayed in a naturalistic birth-giving pose; the
fertility-giver influencing growth and multiplication, portrayed as a pregnant
nude; the life or nourishment-giver and protestress, portrayed as a
bird-woman with breasts and protruding buttocks; and the death-wielder as a stiff
nude (“bone”) can all be traced back to the period when the first sculptures of
bone, ivory, or stone appeared, around 25,000 BCE and their symbols–vulvas,
triangles, breasts, chevrons, ziz-zags, meanders, cupmarks–to and earlier time.”

In footnote 2 on page 299 of Harrison’s Prolegomena she states:
“Apollo, and probably his sister Artemis, is unquestionably of Thracian origin.

About the mood-goddess issue Graves states in his White Goddess, p 432:
“In Greece, when the Moon-woman first became subordinated to the Thunder-god
as wife, she delegated the charge of poetry to he so- called daughter, her
former self as the Triple Muse, and no poem was considered auspicious that did
not begin with an appeal to the Muse for inspiration. Thus the early ballad,
The Wrath of Achilles
, which announces the Iliad of Homer, begins:
‘Sing, Goddess, of the destructive anger of Achilles, son of Peleus.’ That
Achilles is styled ‘son of Peleus’ rather than ‘son of Thetis proves that the
patriarchal system was already in force, though totem society lingered on as a
social convenience, Achilles being a sacred king of the Myrmidons of Thessaly,
apparently an Ant clan subject to the goddess as Wryneck; but the goddess is
clearly the Triple Muse, not merely one of the nine little Muses, mentioned in
a less primitive part of the Iliad, whom Apollo later led down from
Halicon, and up to Parnassus when, as recorded in the Hymn to Pythian Apollo
, he superseded the local Earth-goddess in the navel-shrine at Delphi.
Apollo (‘Destroyer ar Averter’) was at this time considered to be a male twin to
the daugher-goddess Artemis; they were represented as children of the
Thunder-god, born on Quail Island, off Delos, to the Goddess Latona the
Hyperborean, daughter of Phoebe and Coieus (‘Moonlight and Initiation’).

The myths get confused here because Latona, being a newcomer to Delos, was not
at first recognized by the local Triple Goddess; and because Artemis, the name
of Apollo’s twin, had previously been a Greek title of the Triple Goddess herself.
Artemis probably means ‘The Disposer of Water’ from ard– and
themis. Apollo, one may say, was securing his position by persuading
his twin to take over the emblems and titles of her predecessor: he himself
adopted the titles and emblems of a Pelasgian ‘Averter’ or ‘Destroyer’, in one
aspect ( as his title Smintheus proves) a Cretan Mouse-demon. Apollo and Artemis
then together took over the charge of poetry from the Triple Muse (in this
context their mother Latona); but Artemis soon ceased to be an equal partner of
Apollo’s, though she continued to be a Goddess of magical charms and eventually
was credited with evil charms only.”

Question: how exatly was Artemis born

Answer: Artemis was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, who gave birth to Artemis
on Mount Cynthus in Delos. Eileithyia came from the Hyperboreans and
helped Leto with her labor.

Question: Compare the visual reception of Artemis and Aphrodite in greek

Answer: Artemis is active. Aphrodite is passive.

Question: is Artemis a lesbian? this incident with Callisto (teh fact the
Zeus took Artemis’ appearence to have his wicked way makes me wonder. Also
the fact that Artemis is so independant, shy in Olympus and only comfortable
in the company of her Nymphs -whi also happen to be virgins and roam the
woods! Some lesbians have claimed Artemis as their goddess, however they
might be all wrong!

Answer: What is the point of this labeling? Is it to condemn Artemis as
immoral. This is, of course, impossible because she is a goddess. She
probably did have sexual contact with other women because this is really
impossible to avoid. But it is doubtful that she preferred sex with women.
She preferred hunting, dancing, and singing to having sex. There is no
doubt that Aphrodite had sex with women, but she preferred to have sex with
men. So what would her label be?

Question: Where can I read a Myth about Artemis?

Answer: The Iliad cantains a myth of Artemis.

Question: Some myths say Artemis liked Orion and Apollo tricked
Artemis into killing Orion because he was jealous. Is this true?

Answer: It is true that some myths say this, but there are other myths. For
example in Book V of the Odyssey Homer says: “Calypso, that fair goddess,
shuddered and uttered her voice, and spake unto him winged words: ‘Hard
are ye gods and jealous exceeding, who ever grudge
goddesses openly to mate with men, if any make a mortal her
dear bed-fellow. Even so when rosy-fingered Dawn took Orion
for her lover, ye gods that live at ease were jealous
thereof, till chaste Artemis, of the golden throne, slew
him in Ortygia with the visitation of her gentle shafts.”

Question: Just curious but Homer described her as lovely-haired as he
described Leto. Was this because she had golden hair or was this
because she had dark hair?

Answer: This may be a matter of translation. But of course a goddess like
Artemis has lovely hair. Even so my translation has only the word lovely.
But it does have lots of reference to gold as well in association with Artemis.
My favorite picture of her shows her with black hair.

Question: It was said in some myths that Artemis acted as a midwife
in Apollo’s birth. How is this possible?

Answer: The fact is that the story of her birth came well after, perhaps
25,000 years after, her actual birth. Her birth occurred, I assume, sometime
before she was first worshipped. That worship did not occur first in Greece
but rather somewhere in the north.

Question: Artemis and Ares were both Amazon deities. So they must
be on pretty good terms, huh?

Answer: Yes. They both liked wild situations.

Question: There was incest on Mt.Olympus. Hera and Zeus, Zeus and
Demeter, Demeter and Poseidon, Aphrodite and most of her
half-brothers, Ares and his twin Eris, etc. But since Artemis was a
chaste goddess, there was no sexual relationship between Apollo and
her. Now in one of the myths about Orion, it was said that Apollo was
jealous of Artemis’ liking for Orion. Could this be an indication of any
sexual desire felt by Apollo for Artemis?

Answer: The incest you mention was political but not necessarily desirable.
Apollo and Artemis were twins so they were fairly close. I am sure they had
sexual feeling for one another, but I am grateful they could control them,
as a brother and sister should. I do not find any indication that Orion was
involved here.

Question: I’m having BIG trouble coming up with an answer for this
question so if you can answer it quick it would be appreciated. What
was the ‘real’ myth of Artemis and Orion? Some say she killed him
because he attempted to rape one of her nymphs. Other sites say she
liked him and Apollo being jealous tricked her into killing him. Others
say Apollo sent a scorpion against Orion. Which is true? Help me!

Answer: The best you can do is verify the original source for these myths.
Homer has another interpretation which I printed above. Edith Hamilton
mentions the story about Apollo tricking Artemis. I would go with the story
in Homer without more documentation of original sources.

Question: bad things and right things at artemis god by arabic laguage

Answer: A spell is a formula of words intended to command a deity to
action. In ancient Greece spells to do evil were controlled by the dark side
of Artemis who was Hecate. Later religions such as muslim and Christian
demonized this process and said that an old witch used the devil to produce
spells. But the Ancient Greeks knew nothing of the Devil, and knew nothing
of the Arabic language. Medea used spells to good effect and helped Jason
in his trials.

Question: wher can i find a picture of leto who is a godess

Answer: Pictures of Leto:

Question: Artemis is said to keep away from all male company. But did she
keep away from the male gods? If she didn’t, who do you think were the male
gods she liked most or spent time with?

Answer: Her brother Apollo.

Question:what is artimis’s weakness?

Answer: She was paradoxically compassionate and vengeful, nurturing and
destructive, pacific and bloody. Some of her worship has been orgiastic and
involved human sacrifice. Her great love affair seems to have been with the
goddess Britomartis. But really a goddess has no weakness. She has a realm.

Question: This isn’t a question but after many hours of
reaserch i have found that Artemis isn’t the only virgin.
There are two more i don’t know their names though.

Answer: Hestia and Athena were also virgins. But both Hera and Aphrodite
could become virgins just by bathing. Nike might be a virgin, but
you will have to ask her. Virginity to the ancient Greeks was not a physical
fact so much as a state of mind. An un-married woman was considered a virgin
and a married woman was assumed to have lost her virginity.

Question: Was Atemis adored by people in vilages

Answer: Artemis was somewhat aloof and not really adored by people in the
villages. At Sebaste in Phrigia she was adored. In ancient times there used
to be a settlement called Soulia or Soulina in exactly the same place as Aghia
Galini, which was the port of ancient Syvritos. Artemis was the goddess adored
there in that remote age. There were other temples to Artemis where she was
adored, but few villages could afford such a temple.

Question: what are some of the names of Artemis’s most famous

Answer: See the section on myth above.

Question: how does artemis relate with everyday life

Answer: As the goddess of wild things she is in control of the natural
processes of birth and death. She controls whether a birth or death is
painful or painless. She is also a protector of pregnant mothers and virgin
women before they become pregnant. As to death she is not a part of violence
but rather is involved with diseases and failures of natural functions as
would occur during old age. War victims are the responsibility of Ares and
his cohorts. Earthquakes are the realm of Poseidon and lightning is the
realm of Zeus.

Question: why she desided to be single

Answer: The goddess of maidenhood needs to be single so she understands the
condition. The personality of a goddess is the nature of her realm.


Answer: Diana was born a goddess, not a god.

Question: What part of the Odyessey was Atemis apart of?

Answer: Penelope told the story of the daughters of Pandrosos as she prayed
to Artemis. Calypso tells the story of Artemis and Orion.

Question: ive heard that artemis was a lesbian and that she ran around, not ony with wild dogs, but with a band of women, is this true?

Answer: She did run around with a band of women, but these were maidens who
were waiting to be married. She discouraged heterosexual activity until after
marriage. She liked men but did not want to have sex with them until after
marriage. She cannot be considered a true Lesbian for this reason. But she
was tolerant of same sex activity and did not prohibit it. She was also
tolerant of women who chose not to marry or have relations with men, because
she knew that these women would be helpful to the women that did marry. They
also encouraged women to wait for marriage to have sex.

Question: was artemis one of the most important gods

Answer: Yes, she was an important goddess.


Answer: She prefers the forests of Arcadia, but the palace of Zeus on
Mount Olympus is also her home.

Question: does she have alot of chest

Answer: No. She has the figure of a young girl.

Question: what are artemis” accomplishments?

Answer: The greatest accomplishment of Artemis is that she convinced the
world that the goddess of the hunt, virginity, the moon, and the natural
environment had the appearance of a lithe young girl.

Question: What power did she have in her realm?

Answer: She could protect and shoot to kill.

Question: Can you explain step by step how to do the temple
of artemis for a school project?

Answer: The remains of several Temples of Artemis have been identified:

  • Brauron, Temple of Artemis
  • Corcyra, Temple of Artemis
  • Delos, Temple of Artemis
  • Eleusis, Temple of Artemis and Poseidon
  • Ephesus, The Temple of Artemis
  • Epidauros, Temple of Artemis

Of these the plan of the temple at Corcyra has been laid out:
Plan, Front Elevation.

Question: what is a good story about Artemis?

Answer: The story of Artemis and Britomartis is a good story.

Question: what kind of goddess was she?

Answer: Artemis was the most complex of the Olympian deities. She could
be paradoxically compassionate and vengeful, nurturing and destructive,
pacific and bloody.

Question: Was Artemis the goddess of midwifery or something
to that effect?

Answer: Yes. But the goddess of marriage is Hera and the goddess of sex
is Aphrodite.

Question: Where can I find info on Artemis’s temple? I
can’t find any decent sites, e.g. what type of columns were
used? was the temple peripteral or double porched?

Answer: First figure out which temple above.

Question: I am curious about the method how ancient Greeks worshipped
this goddess. In India there is a community around Bombay, and although these
people are classified as “Brahmins” they have some resemblance to
Greeks. They have a unique method of worshipping a mother goddess (which
similar to Artemis) called, “Bodan.” This process is claimed to have come from
worshipping method of Greek goddess, ” Artemis.” I would like to know more
about this issue, and any help from you is appreciated. You have a very
impressive and informative site. Following is a brief description of this
process of ” Bodan.” Custom of Bodan is a simple one and is rapidly
disappearing because educated women no longer consider this to be ‘proper’ and
frankly feel somewhat embarrassed to invite five other married or unmarried
women to participate in this event. This Bodan ritual involves kneading, by
bare hands, a mixture of life-giving substances used as libations, such as,
milk, yogurt, cooked rice, deep fried lentil cakes (Vade – These are not
vegetable cutlets.), unleavened flat bread, and honey in a large pewter
platter as an offering to mother goddess. Unlike other offerings, this
oblation is not eaten as a communion or Prasad or burned in a hearth (Yagna)
as a sacrifice. At the end, it is given to cows or other animals as a feed.
The custom itself appears innocent enough and probably has no deeper meaning
and only deserves a passing mention. However, I have not been able to find a
similar ritual in any other ancient or primitive religions around the world
except a questionable reference of worship of Greek goddess, Artemis.”

Answer: The ancient Athenians fed rice cakes to snakes.
Cows were sacred to Hera.
There are three Artemises to contend with:
Arcadian Artemis,
Brauronian Artemis,
Ephesian Artemis.

Question: who is she related to?

Answer: Since her father is Zeus, she is related to the other gods and
goddesses. Her brother is Apollo and her mother is Leto.

Question: can I see her family tree?

Answer: In addition to the above Uranus and Gaea bore the Titans
who included Cronus and Rhea, Coeus and Phoebe. Cronus and Rhea bore
Zeus and Coeus and Phoebe bore Leto.

Question: what did Artemis look like?

Answer: She has the figure of a young girl not quite mature but quite
active and strong. She is a beautiful young goddess, but younger looking
than Aphrodite.

Question: what about her sexuality

Answer: She was a maiden saving herself for marriage. She did seem to have
a Lesbian relationship with Britomartis. There is a question whether this relation was because she preferred to have sex with other women or because she was practicing for sex with men. In situations were the sexes are rigidly divided, as they were in ancient Greece, there is the suggestion that some individuals will turn to members of the same sex simply because that is all that is available. Whether this is practice or sexual satisfaction is a matter of conjecture. But this practice may have little effect on one’s personal preferences which ultimately determine wheter a person is classified as a homosexual or not. The ancient Greeks did not seem to distinguish Heterosexuality from Homosexuality but rather clumped all sexual experitence together. Since Artemis was a maiden saving herself for marriage it seems safe to assume she was basically a heterosexual, but one who did not deny or negate homosexuality.

Question: is there any movie about Artemis in a local
library or video store might have? Please send soon in about
an hour at my e-mail adress. Big report. Thank You.

Answer: Sorry, I have no information on movies with Artemis.

Question: who was she related to

Answer: All the gods and goddesses were related but she was the sister of
Apollo and the daughter of Leto.

Question: Why did people pray to Artemis?

Answer: People would pray to Artemis to obtain help with a problem in her
realm. Penelope prayed for a painless death. Hunters might pray for
success capturing game. Maidens prayed that they would not become pregnant
until they were married. Pregnant women prayed that they would have an easy

Question: Is it true that Artemis was said to be the godess
of the moon

Answer: Yes, but Hecate and Selene were also moon goddesses.

Question: What did Artemis always wear?

Answer: A goddess can wear anything she wants. She can even run around
naked and kill the men that look at her. But normally Artemis wore clothes
that suited her activity. She seemed fond of the Ancient Greek styles.

Question: GOD OF WHAT

Answer: Goddess of wild nature and pregnant beings.

Question: What was Artemis’s personality like? I am doing a
report on her. I need to pretend to be her.

Answer: the best you might do is role play the parts of the Iliad she
appears in. Check books XXI and XXIII. She is also in the Drama Hippolytus

Question: Why was Artemis angry with Agamemnon

Answer: Apollodorus, Library and Epitome, E 3.21 says
“But when they had put to sea from Argos and arrived for the second
time at Aulis, the fleet was windbound, and Calchas said that they could not
sail unless the fairest of Agamemnon’s daughters were presented as a sacrifice
to Artemis; for the goddess was angry with Agamemnon, both because, on shooting
a deer, he had said, “Artemis herself could not ( do it better), and
because Atreus had not sacrificed to her the golden lamb.”

Robert Graves suggests that the story about Artemis being mad at Agamemnon
may be a missinterpretation of the facts. Agamemnon may have battled a dragon
and defeated the monster. Iphigenia may have been an emination of the
dragon upon defeat. She was not the victim but the object of the sacrifice
and actually represented the presence of Artemis. It is no wonder why the
anger of Artemis is hard to understand.

Question: Did Artemis Ever Marry or have Kids?

Answer: Artemis is the essence of maidenhood so she cannot marry and have

Question: Was Artemis Beautiful?

Answer: She is the most beautiful maiden that you can imagine. All the
goddesses Artemis, Aphrodite, and Hera are beautiful, but they represent
beauty at different stages of a woman’s life. Artemis is the maiden;
Aphrodite is the bride; and Hera is the wife.

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Question: what color was her bow and arrows

Answer: Gold.

Question: who were artemis’s companions

Answer: Apollo, Nymphs, Oceanides, Aura, Amarynthus, Maera, Orion, Phylonome, Pleides, Upis, Theia, Ahippe.

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