Question: You are a liar, I’M in 8th grade English class and i should know.
Artemis’ bow and arrows are Silver not gold. We are studing the Greeks and I
know this is right. Sorry you were to later sending anyways. your a frad
Answer: Sorry, but 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: What is the metal of Artemis.
Answer: Some people style her goddess
of the Moon and in that style she is associated with silver. But Selene is
goddess of the Moon and Artemis has other styles. Hesiod says her arrows
are gold. I cannot find a single reference in ancient Greek sources to
Artemis and silver. All I can find is a single reference to gold. The
following recent article associates her with silver: Click here
Comment: You’ve mentioned you had never seen a single ancient source about Artemis using a silver bow, but there’s one: “And how often goddess, didst thou make trial of thy silver bow?” from Callimachus (Hymn 3 to Artemis) asking from whom the goddess got a Cydonian bow that the Cyclopes made for her. Althought she has a golden bow to Homer, Ovid, Hesiod and Herodotus, Callimachus had a different point of view.
Question: Why did Artemis become a Goddess?
Answer: She was born a goddess.
Question: Who is her lover?
Answer: She had many lovers but she spurned them all. Some name are:
Otus, Actaeon, Phylonoe, Hyampolis, Britomartis, Orion, Buphagus, Hippolytus.
Question: Is she alive?
Answer: The ancient Greeks thought she is. We have the same reason for
believing that she is that they did. Since she is the personification of
nature you can say that since Nature exists, Artemis must also.
Question: need to know artemis physical description
Answer: She appears a a lovely young woman with lovely hair. She has
the build and strength of a ballet dancer. She is perfectly proportioned
but stands a head higher than the average man. You recognize her by
her youth, beauty, and the bow and arrow in her hand.
Question: What does the chase involving Artemis refer to?
Answer: A hunt. Artemis is a hunter who chases game. This hunt results
in the death of the animal. Artemis shoots the animal with an arrow. This
death is given at a death by disease. The animals and humans that Artemis
hunts and kills are the one that die of disease.
Question: I’m doing a research paper and presentation on Artemos. I would
like to know where she decended from. The historacal roots. In harrison’s
Prolegmon(spelling?) she talks about gods decending from local heros and
heroines, with a mix of a Northern intrusive god, can you give me any
specifics or references?
Answer: Harrison’s information is suggestive, but more recent information
is more informative. Artemis is not a simple subject, but is rather
complex. A multiplicity of Artemises seems likely with a source for each
one. The Artemis of Homer seems to have come down from the North while
several versions seem to have come later from the east. Marija Gimbutas
speaks of Artemis as one of the goddesses of old Europe. She also points
out that these goddesses were merged with the Indo-european heavenly wives
at a time before written history. Artemis is then a hybrid of the religion
of old Europe and the Indo-European religion. Gimbutus suggests that
Artemis was worshiped in Minoan Crete as Mistress of the animals and as
goddess of childbirth. That she was a virgin goddess suggests that her
transformation at the hands of the Indo-europeans was a minor one.
Question: What do you know about the end of their lives. What happened to them, Apollo and Artemis, I mean?
Answer: Artemis still exists as the personification of nature.
Question: Is it true that Apollo had sexual feelings for his twinsister Artemis, and is it so that he became jealous if men approched her?
Answer: Apollo probably had sexual feelings for his sister. But the
story in Homer is: “Calypso trembled with rage when she heard this,
“You gods,” she
exclaimed, “ought to be ashamed of yourselves. You are always
jealous and hate seeing a goddess take a fancy to a mortal man,
and live with him in open matrimony. So when rosy-fingered Dawn
made love to Orion, you precious gods were all of you furious
till Diana went and killed him in Ortygia.’ Other myths have
Artemis in a relation with Orion.
Question: Where can I find Postmodern images of Artemis?
Answer: I will commission one and post it as soon as possible.
Question: i want to know why atemis kills the mothers
Answer: They are easy prey. Remember that Artemis killing a mother
means the same as a mother dying of a disease. Mothers die in childbirth
because they have the extra burden of the baby. That is why mothers
need extra care and protection, especially when they are pregnant.
Question: did artemis have any relationships w/ other gods/goddesses?
Answer: Yes. She seems to have even had a Lesbian relationship with
Question: can you explain more to me about the bow and arrow?
Answer: Artemis uses a bow and arrow to kill her victims. This weapon
can be used at great distance so from heaven she can slay her victims.
They do not even see the arrow coming to slay them. The arrow was, to the
ancient Greeks a symbol of death by sickness. When a person died of a
disease they were said to have been slayed by an arrow of Artemis. Animals
also died of disease and so she was called a great hunter.
Question: did artimis ever fall in love with any man?
Answer: Artemis liked men but never became love-crazed so she had
to have sex with a man. She punished men who got love-crazed over her.
She wanted women to abstain from sex until they were married, but she
wanted them to enjoy sex once they were married. She even protected
them when they were pregnant. Once women were married they no longer
looked to Artemis; rather they looked to Hera.
Question: Who are the other brothers and sisters of Artemis?
Answer: Leto had two children, Apollo and Artemis.
Question: Did Artemis ever fight with anyother god or goodes?
Answer: Artemis helped Zeus fight against the Titans.
Question: story between hercules and artemis regarding her being in love
Answer: I have no information on this unlikely story.
Question: is there any kindo of food that repesents arteims?
Question: How can a literary connection be made with Artemis?
Answer: Artemis is in the Iliad by Homer, The Argonautica by
Apollonius Rhodius, The History of Herodotus, Volume 1 & 2, An Account of
Egypt By Herodotus, Hesiod, The Orphic Hymn to Artemis.
Question: does Selene have a husband?
Answer: She had relations with several men including Endymion, Zeus, and
Pan. Even though she had a number of children she did not go through a
Question: story about apollo and artemis in love?
Answer: They related as a brother and sister would.
Question: Was Artemis and Apollo twins or just siblings?
Answer: Fraternal twins.
Question: Did Artemis ever fall in love?
Answer: Her love was mostly of the spiritual kind. Her most sexual love
was with the goddess Britomartis. She spurned the males that were attracted
Question: Artemis was said to have kept Pan in check, how did she accomplish this large feat?
Answer: Artemis is a powerful goddess of wild nature. Within her realm she controls everthing with a rule of law. If Pan is a mortal then he is easily controlled. Artemis has the power of life and death over mortals. But Pan seems to be divine. Even so his realm seems related to wild nature. He must represent some aspect of the realm of nature of Artemis. It is as though she is controlling part of herself. The contrary then is the harder to consider. Why is such a frivolous creature part of the nature of Artemis?
Question: are there differences between the way Artemis was pictured in
ancient art end the way she was pictured later? Are there developments?
Answer: This is a difficult question because developments occur with
Artemis both in time and place. There are at least three distinct
versions of Artemis that must be considered. But for the mainland
the following changes can be noted:
- Mazi, Elis, 525 BCE
- Apollo Pythios seated between Leto and Artemisca, 410 B.C. – 400 B.C.
- Roman copy of Classical Greek Statue
Question: what dose artemis’s throne look like?
Answer: Thrones to the ancient Greeks look like chairs to us. The
throne of Artemis probably was a klismos chair. The other people in the
room with Artemis would sit on stools.
Question: Did Artemis kill Zeus? If she didn’t, who did?
Answer: Zeus is an immortal god and cannot be killed.
Question: how many names does Diana have?
Answer: At least 77 including: Artemis Orthia, Diana, Issora, Lygodesma,
Question: What do the Greek goddesses wear?
Answer: It is quite acceptable for a Greek goddess to appear totally nude,
dressed in the finest gown, like a hag in rags, or as an infant in swaddling
clothes. Goddesses are shape changers who often appear in ways that meet the expectations of the viewer. She wears what you expect her to wear. During the Classical period Artemis was depicted in a shear chiton because that is what they expected goddesses to wear at that time.
Question: did she kill anyone for a stupid reason
Answer: The reasons for the behavior of goddesses are beyond human
comprehension. But you would have to assume that a goddess never did
anything for a stupid reason.
Question: Please Discribe what She Looks Like(hair colour, eyecolour
Answer: A search through ancient literature revealed no reference
to hair or eye color. She was a beautiful young woman with lovely hair.
Question: why did she choose to be a virgin
Answer: As the goddess of maidenhood she felt that virginity was
the best state for a maiden.
Question: It says helios is the god of the sun . but u say Apollo is ??
Answer: Helios is the Sun. Apollo includes the sun as one of his
aspects. Helios is a servant of Apollo, just as the Moon is a servant of
Artemis. Artemis includes the moon as one of her aspects. Selene is
the Moon. These are not distinct realms but realms with ambiguous boundaries.
Question: I am doing a project on Greecre and my friend said she is the daughter of zeus and she is Athena .
Answer: Let us hope so because this would be the best of friends to have.
She will give you wisdom when you need it and teach you industrious skill that
will provide yourself with a good income. You might challenge her divinity
but this is risky. If you doubt a goddess she might destroy you. If you
have faith in a goddess she will reward you with gifts. But if she is Athena
you will notice: good knowledge, an ability to fortell the future, an ability
to shift her shape to a bird, for example, so she can fly through the air,
an ability to move through space, an ability to communicate with other
gods and goddesses, an ability to cause things to happen if she only thinks
about them. You might notice whether your friend has these abilities. It was common enough in the Illiad and Odyssey for Athena to appear to someone in the guise of a friend. But it is also possible to see in a friend’s advise the influence of wisdom.
Question: how did Artemis use her power to her feat?
Answer: A goddess only has to think to use her power. Whtever she thinks
Question: How did she become the Goddess of moon and hunt?
Answer: A goddess is born to her position. She was assisted by her
love of nature, and the fact that her twin brother was the sun god.
Question: What do the Greeks offer Artemis?
Answer: Temples were given to her. More commonly burnt fat or small
statues representing the petitioner’s needs were offered. Animal
sacrifices were also performed.
Answer: During the classical period and before in ancient Greece there
was no fiction as we know it. What was written was believed to be true.
Based on beliefs art works were constructed which reflected these beliefs.
This material is what we have from ancient Greece, and it is this material
which forms the source of the ancient Greek myths. In general all of
it was believed although even in the classical period their were philosophers
such as Aristotle and Plato who cast doubt on the myths.
Question: on what side can i find pictures from busts of artemis? If whe want to know the value of a bust of artemis, how or where can whe look its value up?
Answer: A bust of Artemis from ancient Greece is extremely valuable and
the Greek Nation is very upset if they do not posses it. You could
consult any of the major museums about it. Artemis was a popular subject
during the Art-Nouveau period and many plaster statues were made. These
are often listed in antique manuals. Otherwise you need to figure out
who the sculptor was.
Question: Is Artemis the godness of any zodiac ?
Answer: In this context she is the goddess of the moon.
Question: what are some good things and some bad things that artemis was known for?
- She helped Zeus overthrow the Titans.
- She protected infants and pregnant mothers.
- She was associated with the fertility of Nature.
- She protected Iphigenia and Orestes.
- She sent the Calydonian Boar.
- She caused the death of Acteon.
- She slayed Orion.
- Spartan Youth were scourged for her.
- She had a Lesbian love affair with Britomartis.
Realize that though these things appear to us good and bad, that since
she is a goddess all her acts are good in the great scheme of things. A
goddess has motives which we cannot see or understand. Notice that others
see these things as bad but I do not. The love affair with Britomartis
was probably not even Lesbian, but rather a youthful experimentation.
Question: Why does she appear naked on some paintings?
Answer: Until Praxiteles carved his naked Aphrodite hardly any of the
goddesses appeared nude. But after that they all did. Naked figures are sexy and
nudity is a symbol of purity for a goddess. A naked goddess is then an
appealing symbol of the good things that the goddess stands for. This is
in contrast with a naked woman who can loose all her status by being naked.
The Christian fathers reinforced this by generally prohibiting the
portrayal of nude women. But nude goddesses were acceptable especially
since they could only have a pagan reference. As a result for over a thousand
years if an artist wanted to paint a nude woman he had to paint a goddess.
Artemis, as a youthful, active woman was particularly appealing.
Question: Who was the hunter slain by Artemis?
Question: Who were Artemises sisters
Answer: Leto had two twin children Apollo and Artemis. But her father
Zeus had many children including Persephone, Athena, Hebe, Aphrodite, and
Helen. Even so Artemis is often treated as the sister of Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite. They are all important goddesses with relatively equal status and powers.
Question: What are the tree things that she waant to be rebebbered for?
- Children and sucking animals are to be protected.
- A maiden is to be a virgin until she is married.
- Respect her and her sacred animals and make sacrifices to her.
Question: What was her greatest failure
Answer: She seemed to fail to understand love as a human motivator. But a goddess really has no failures. Her acts fit a divine plan that no human understands.
Question: where was the ealiest clay figure of Artemis found?
- ca. 570 B.C. – 560 B.C., Potnia Theron, Florence 4209
- ca. 525 B.C., Bronze statuette of Artemis, holding a bow, Boston 98.658
- 470 BCE,death of Aktaion, Pan Painter, Boston 10.185
- ca. 480 B.C. – 470 B.C., Artemis with fawn, Mississippi 1977.3.117
Question: where is artemis realm?
Answer: Though her favorite places are the wilds of Arcadia, her realm
includes any forest or wild place. Even fence rows and other small places
where wild things grow are included.
Question: where can you find apollo realm?
Answer: Apollo rules a spiritual realm that can only be found by the heart. He is the god of the sun but only in its spiritual effect. also he is the god of prophesy, music, medicine, and poetry
Question: what happen between Arternis and Acteon
Answer: She caused the death of Acteon who accidentally saw her bathing. Robert 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.
Question: what is apollo powers
Answer: As with the other deities, Apollo had the power to prophesy,
the power to move through the air, and the power to change shape. He had the
power to enlighten and inspire. He could heal, direct arrows, and protect
herds and flocks. He could also cause plagues. He inspired moral and religious
principles, philosophy, and law.
Question: Is Diana really bad to the mother of the child ?? did she really kill them ??
Answer: Not only does Artemis kill babies, but she also kills mothers. This
cannot be considered bad, however. It is part of a divine plan which only she
and the other deities understand. Mortals can only understand their own
world and limited goals. It may seem bad to them, but it is not bad in the
larger realm of the divine. On the other hand she protects both mothers
and babies very jealously and will exact severe punishment for those that
Question: What is the difference between Artemis and Apollo and what are the alikes?
Answer: Artemis is a maiden woman who is the goddess of wild nature. Apollo
is a mature man who is the god of inspiration. Both are involved with disease
and shoot people with their arrows.
Question: I know the story about Artemis and Britomartis. There is a Hymn
about Artemis in which Britomartis is called her heroine and her beloved one.
A friend of mine told me that as Artemis was a Greek goddess and Britomartis
was a goddess of Crete and these were two different religions. Therefore
Artemis and Britomartis could never have known each other and were never
worshipped togeter. What do you think?
Answer: This is not right. There were no religions in ancient Greece as
we know them. Gods and goddesses were thought to have separate existences.
When a new one was found it was often incorporated or identified with an
existing one. The deities of Crete were often the same deities as the
Greek ones. We think the Cretan deities were adapted to become the Greek
ones. This is mainly true of the goddesses such as Hera, Athena, and
Aphrodite who seem to be successors to one Cretan Goddess. Artemis does not
seem to have been a Cretan goddess, but she could easily have been
identified with Britomartis in a number of ways. The myths have it that
Artemis and Britomartis were lesbian lovers. This was an important fact to
the Amazons even in ancient times and they are recorded as having worshipped
Artemis for perhaps this reason. My best explanation for the existence of
Amazons was that they were discredited Minoan priestesses. This would bring
Britomartis and Artemis together for sure.
Question:What did Niobe say about Artemis’s mother that was so bad that
Artemis killed her children.
Answer: She boasted that she was a better mother than Leto because she
had so many children compared to Leto’s two.
Question: What does it mean about ‘Artemis’s Request for many names?
Answer: 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 child-birth.
Callimachus: Hymn to Artemis Gods and goddesses were given epithets. These word attached to the name of the deities at temples during festivals and described aspects of the goddesses. In some case these are unintelligible and so are believed to be names of deities whose cults were taken over.
Question: Could you please tell me what happened in these myths and
legends about Artemis.The one where she bestowed tall stature on the
daughters of Pandareos Where she was woed by Otus -Where she sent the
Calydonian bear When she was angry at Oeneus for forgetting to sacrifice to
her-When Admetus forgets to sacrifice to her-When Heracles killed the hind
with the golden horns which was sacrificed to her.She caused the death of
Acteon who accidentally saw her bathing. -She made Phylonoe immortal. -She
became angry with Adonis. -She was not honored by Broteas -Pelops neglected
to perform his vow to her. -She gathered flowers with Persephone. -She gave
a dog to Procris. -She became angry with Agamemnon. As a result he tried to
sacrifice Iphigenia. -Her image was brought from Tauric land to Brauron by
Iphigenia. -The priesthood at Aricia was open to runaway slaves who gained
victory in a single combat. -She was purified for the slaughter of Python.
-She shot at Titus. -She showed people where to dwell. She slayed Orion.
-She killed the Aloads. -She slayed Buphagus, Callisto, Cenchrias, Coronis,
and the children of Niobe.-She had wrath at Oeneus. And any others you
might have. Could you also tell me what place in mythology all of the people
Answer: I might eventually do all you ask but it is an enormous task.
But I will discuss the daughters of Pandareos. All we know about this myth
is what is told in the Odyssey. What is significant about the myth is the
fact that each of the four goddesses provided gifts. Each gift is somehow
related to the realm of the goddess. That Artemis is mentioned at all is
quite interesting because that makes four goddesses mentioned. Godesses
usually come in groups of threes and it is a demonstration of the power of
Artemis that she has been appended to the more usual group of Hera, Athena,
and Aphrodite. These later goddesses came to mainland Greece from Crete
while Artemis seems to have come from some more nothern climate. Tall
stature probably refers to dignity. The daughters were either Cameira and
Clytia or Merope and Cleodora. Why Artemis would go to the trouble to
dignify these women only to have them stolen by the Harpies has not been
Question: I’m doing an assaignment of Artemis, and I was wondering if you
The older goddesses tended to be goddesses of a district, and this probably
could answer me this. What is Leto the Goddess of? What is Naiobe goddess
of? Were Naiboe’s children god’s and goddesses of anything? And who were
Artemis’s friends and what was there place in Greek mythology?
Answer: The older goddesses tended to be goddesses of a district, and
this probably applies to Leto, but it is not clear where her district was.
Her sister was the goddess of the Island Ortygia. Niobe was a mortal as
were her children. Artemis had many friends, human and divine. Amazons
were especially friendly to her, as was Atalanta, Britomartis, and the
nymphs who hunted with her. Others include Taygete, Iphigenia, Erigone,
Hilaeira, and Phaedra. Any of her priestesses should be considered her
Question: Artemis is often portrayed as a lesbian or bisexual women.
Under a hetersexual definition she would still be a virgins if she only had
sex with women since there was no penetration. Futhermore, it is suggested
in other references that it was her lover Calisto which she slew and later
put in the bear constalation. Do you have any information of this?
Though Artemis is sometime portrayed as a lesbian, there is no hard evidence
or it. The question is whether she actually preferred sex with women. In
all likelyhood she enjoyed sex with women but also with men. She wanted
girls to wait until they were married until they had sex, but she certainly
wanted them to have sex with men after that. The fact that she never has
sex with a man does not mean she does not want to. The definition of a
virgin is not easy, but the Greeks seemed to prefer the meaning of a virgin
as an unmarried woman. The fact of penetration was not relevant. You can
see that this definition is easy to test while others present some
difficulty. There are many different stories about Callisto. Callisto
did seem to get pregnant but by Zeus and not Artemis. Artemis probably
loved Callisto but may have punished her for becoming pregnant. But this
story is not proof that Artemis was a Lesbian and preferred sex with women.
Question: Could you please tell me what Nymphs are, and what Oceanides,
Aura, Amarynthus, Maera, Orion, Phylonome, Pleides, Upis, Leto, Theia,
Ahippe, Otus, Actaeon, Phlonoe, Hyampolis, Britomartis, Buphagus and
Hippolytus are the gods/goddesses of. Can you also tell me what the triple
aspect of Artemis, Selene and Hecate means. And on a site i have been in, it
says that Artemis, Aphrodite and Hera where a sort of team- Artemis being
the virgin, Aphrodite being the bride and Hera being the wife. What did
they do, and how did this work when it seems that Hera and Artemis didn’t
get along, which i read in one of the Iliad stories (Book XXI).
Nymphs are lessor goddesses that have as their domain a natural feature such
as a stream, a group of trees, a spring, or a meadow. They sometimes are
personifications of some aspect of nature. They are often found serving a
deity whose domain includes theirs.
Oceanides, Click here
Aura was a daughter of Lelantos and Periboea and a chaste companion of Artemis. After she was seduced by Dionysus she murdered one of her babies and commited suicide.
Aura was also one of Acteon’s dogs.
Amarynthus, One of Actaeon’s dogs.
Maera, the dog of Icarius
Orion, a hunter killed by Artemis
Phylonome, A daughter of Nyctimus & Arcadia, she consorted with
Ares and had twins; one of them Parrhasius has been called king of Arcadia
Pleides, daughters of Atlas by Pleione.
Upis, either Artemis herself or one of her companions
Leto is the mother of Artemis
Theia, is a titan and goddess of light. She is the wife of Hyperion.
Ahippe, a companion to artemis.
Otus, One of the titan threats to the Olympians.
Actaeon saw Artemis bathing and she turned his dogs on him by changing him into a stag.
Phlonoe, No information but maybe Philonoe — she was a sister of Helen who was taken by Artemis. Thus she avoided the family curse but she probably died young.
Hyampolis, A town in modrn Bulgsria. The victory of the jars occurred at Hyampolis in which the Phokians disabled Thessalian cavalry by planting amphoras in which the horses broke their legs
Britomartis, Click here
Buphagus was punished with death by the arrows of Artemis when he tried to rape her on Mount Pholoe in Arcadia
Hippolytus was the son of Theseus and the Amazon Hippolyta. Phaedra fell in love with him and he was wrongly cursed by Theseus. He was a follower of Artemis.
Question: Can you also tell me what the triple aspect of Artemis, Selene
and Hecate means.
Answer: It seems that goddesses in ancient Greece were transformed through
time to three parts, probably because there was a ceremony requiring three
steps. First the daughter separated from the mother and then the mother grew
old. Artemis is the maid, Selene is the mother and Hecate is the crone. Triple goddeses can be seen as three goddesses or one. The have related traits that can be seen as a whole. It is very like the Trinity in Christianity.
Question: And on a site i have been in, it says that Artemis, Aphrodite and
Hera where a sort of team- Artemis being the virgin, Aphrodite being the bride
and Hera being the wife. What did they do, and how did this work when it
seems that Hera and Artemis didn’t get along, which i read in one of the
Iliad stories (Book XXI).
Answer: Another triple aspect involves Hera. Athena originally was the virgin maid, Aphrodite
was the mother, and Hera was the crone. Later Artemis forced her way into
this and became the virgin maid. These women were like sisters. But they
did have rivalries. The Iliad relates only one difference they had, but in
general they got along very well.
Question: What was her other name?
Answer: Artemis has alternate names Artemis Orthia, Diana, Issora, Lygodesma, Orthia
Question: Hello, I am looking for an image of artemis that may display elements of the dark feminine. Specifically, ancient death symbols found in Gimbutas’s work such as snakes, owl, claws, wings, aniimals. I am looking for a representation of the dark feminine or shadow within artemis. Any suggestions?
Answer: There are a number of images from the Minoan Culture called Pontnia Theron (Mistress of the Animals) which
could match your request. This one is more recent but seems to work:
But I must point out that many classical images include the dark feminine without the symbols you suggest. This beautiful image of Artemis is obviously of that sort but the only image is her bow through which she brings the death of Acteon:
Question: Why didn’t Apollo say anything when Artemis told him off when he refused to fight with Poseidon in the Trojan war?
Answer: Fighting with Poseidon would be a futility.
Question: In Callimachus hymn to Artemis, he said that when Artemis was telling Zeus all she wanted, she mentioned “as many names as my brother Apollo”. What does this mean?
Answer: The names are surnames. A person receives a surname as an honor.
More surnames means more honors.
Question: I read on another page that Orthia was a goddess who loved blood and seamen in her worship. On this page it says that Orthia is another name for Artemis. Please clear this up for me.
Answer: Orthia is another name for Artemis. Artemis is a goddess who likes
blood in her worship. Iphigenia was sacrificed for Artemis. The young men
of Sparta were scourged for Artemis. Semen is another matter. She is more
interested is semen produced outside of a heterosexual intercourse. She
is sometimes described as encouraging homosexuality for this reason. But
I do not know that semen was offered as a libation, as blood sometimes was.
The best source of blood for offerings was menstrual blood. But semen is
not the male counterpart of menstrual blood. Semen is fertile while menstrual
blood is not. Normally a goddess received semen from a man when the man had
sexual intercourse with a priestess of that goddess. In a few cases the
goddess received the semen by having sexual intercourse herself. Mostly
Aphrodite is the goddess who received semen in this way through her
temple prostitutes. Artemis guarded women while they were still maidens.
Normally a girl stays a maiden until she can produce menstrual blood.
Menstruation is often a division between a maiden and a woman. Aphrodite
guarded this transition at which time the maiden could be married. Then Hera
guarded the married woman. Of course semen cannot be produced by a male until he is sexually mature. Semen is like menstrual blood in this respect. Menstrual blood comes when a female is sexually mature. Semen comes when a male is sexually mature.
Question: How old was Artemis when she and her mother was let back on olympus?
Answer: Dates and ages are indeterminant for gods and goddesses. Their
existence is out of time.
Question: where did artemis live?/ Was she poor or rich?/ What did her parents do?/ Was her life comfortable or troubled?/ What were the peoples reaction to her work when she did it?/ what made her stand out?/ what makes her stand out today?
Answer: Her favorite spots are in the forests of Arcadia, but a goddess
can be found anywhere. She is one of the few goddesses who does not
live in the palace of Zeus. The major goddesses lived as though they were
very rich, though money was not a concern. Her father was Zeus, king of the
gods. Her mother Leto spent her time being mother of twin god and goddess.
Her life is generally comfortable and rarely troubled. Her only troubles come
when she strives against some other deities. This is something that Zeus
encourages, but he never lets it get out of hand. Goddesses recover quite
quickly from any wounds they receive. People have always been grateful for
her boons and sorrowed by her punishments. They accept the deaths that she
causes as necessary and do not blame her. But they have often appealled to
her for salvation and recovery. The fact of death by disease has always made
her stand out, but this is also tempered by the balance of nature. Today
we are fascinated by a lithe young woman, full of life, who deals death with
arrows. We still see her as a popular art subject.
Question: what is artemis’s physical description?
Answer: She is a perfectly proportioned young woman whose height is a full
head higher than the average man. She is lithe and energetic like a perfectly
trained ballet dancer. Her hair flows like silk in golden curls down the side
of her head. Her complexion is like a peach and her lips are like cherries.
Her eyes are dark mysterious pools. Her teeth are like pearls with a sensitive
tounge in a throat like a silk pillow. Her neck is soft and velvety with the
texture of fine marble. Her shoulders are firm yet yielding to a soft touch.
Her back has the energy of a snake with ripples and sinuosity that move and
yield with her every motion. Her breasts are grapefruits with cherries on the
end but the dance and respond to every motion. Her abdomen is a soft pulsing
form that swells sightly from her body. Her genitalia is like a rosebud with perfumed aroma and soft pedals. Her anus sits smooth and invitingly like a
cavern in the woods in between two twin obs of pulsing flesh. Her legs are
smooth and well tapered to dainty but powerful feet. Her arms sweep
around her like lilies in the wind while her hands sweep gently at the ends.
Each finger is a gentle yet testing softness like the touch of the wind.
I have describe her nude, not because I have ever seen her nude, but because
she shares the perfect qualities of every young woman. Also because I have no
idea what she will reveal to you. And of course you must take any revelation
as a great favor, and not ask for more. With young women you must consider
their future, and Artemis will always remain a virgin no matter what you want.
Of course she may appear clothed in which case you will have to imagine her
nude. But she will wear a very revealing gossamer gown that floats around her
as she moves.
I have described all of her parts, even her sexual ones because a goddess
is a whole person. She is also complete even though she is ideal in that
perfection. As well as having a perfect mouth and eyes, she also has a perfect
sexual and excretory system. Goddesses are usually larger than humans,
and have ichor and not blood, but they otherwise have the same equipment.
Artemis, in particular, is sexually very attractive, as are most goddesses.
Question: wasn`t Artemis raised by witches
Answer: Strictly, there were no witches in ancient Greece. But some people
think all the goddesses are witches. Artemis was raised by the nymph Upis.
This task might have lasted all of two days as goddesses are born to their
realm and mature very rapidly. After all, who could have trained her to her
task? As a goddess Artemis could travel through the air, change her shape,
prophesy, and control many natural processes. She can do anything a witch
can do and more. Both Circe and Athena used a wand for transformations but
it is not clear that Artemis required this instrument. She was able to replace
Iphigenia with a deer and tranport her to Tauris without any assistance.
Question: There is very little about Artemis and Apollo interacting in Greek Myths. Can you give few examples of myth concerning the two of them, since everyone says they were so close?
Answer: One myth says Artemis assisted at the birth of Apollo. Artemis
and Apollo avenged their mother against the monster Python. They also came
together to avenge their mother by killing the children of Niobe.
Question: does artemis talk and walk like a boy?
Answer: She talks like a princess and moves like a ballerina. She acts in a boyish manner oly because she is athletic more like boys
Question: What was her natural occurence?
Answer: Artemis is the same as mother nature.
Question: Does she have children?
Answer: A virgin goddess such as Artemis cannot have had children.
Question: was artemis first name diana?
Answer: Goddesses of importance were often given a first name such as
Arcadian Artemis. More often in the case of Artemis the epithet comes
second as wit Artemis Orthia. But in any case Diana is the Roman goddess
equivalent to the Greek Artemis.
Question: how does Artemis relate to religion
Answer: Artemis is a goddess. She had the same relation to many ancient
Greeks as Jesus has to Christians today. The main difference is that
Christianity requires a statement of faith that Artemis never required. The
ancient Greeks thought their experience was evidence enough of the divine
and nothing more was required. They then focused on whatever aspect of the
divinity that was required for the task at hand. Artemis was called upon
any time wild nature was involved, because this is her realm. Once she was
called upon then many forms of worship might be appropriate. This would
include libations, prayers, sacrifice, oracles, or festivals. A successful
worship of Artemis was believed to result in a favorable situation in the
realm of wild nature.
Question: How old was she when she aksed for her powers?
Answer: She was born to her realm and started to use her powers within
a day or two after her birth.
Question: What was Artemis’s relationships to mortals? what were some of them? and can you explain her relationships to gods/goddesses?
Answer: The role of a major goddess such as Artemis is to provide a
sensible world for mortals. Artemis controls that part of the world related to
wild nature. She promulgates the rules by which nature operates. She brings
justice and order to the realm. It is not always an order that is intelligible
to mortals because they have limited ways of knowing and they are limited
to a spatial, temporal world. But the other divinities can fathom it.
The gods and goddesses work together to provide a unified world of experience.
In this world mortals and thrive, but not without a struggle. The gods and
goddesses provide a world with purpose and meaning for the mortal agent
in a moral context.
Question: Is there a particular area where Artemis was worshipped?
Answer: Not really. Temples were built for her which became centers of her
worship, but as a major goddess of Greece she was worshipped all over Greece.
Question: What do you think the similarities/differences are of Atalanta
and modern women?
- Modern women would not be involved in a boar hunt.
- Modern women are found on adventures like the voyage of the Argo.
- Modern women do not race man to avaoid marriage.
- Modern women do not wrestle with men.
- Modern wome are not nursed by bears
- Modern women are sometimes won to marriage by hard work.
- Modern women are not changed to lions because they have sex in the temple
Question: Did the Greeks consider Diana/Artemis as the goddess of the moon or was that a completely Roman idea? And if they didn’t worship Artemis as the goddess of the moon, who ruled over the moon?
Answer: Selene was the goddess of the moon. Selene was considered an aspect
of Artemis so Artemis could be to the moon what Apollo was to the sun.
Question: if she protected mothers and virgins then why did she kill mothers?
Answer: She has a divine plan which we are not privy to.
Question: what was artemises biggest adventure?
Answer: Godesses live beyond time and do not have adventures like mortals
do. But when mortals such as Atalanta have an adventure, then a goddess
may participate. Sometimes a goddess will make an adventure easier and
sometimes harder. Artemis sent the Calydonian boar which Atalanta hunted down.
Question: How should I describe Artemis in the “Running Artemis”
Answer: The goddess of wild nature off on a hunt.
Question: Who influences her or directs her activities?
Answer: Within her own realm Artemis is in complete control of her
activities. But all deities are subject to the dictates of Fate (Moira) and
Right (Dike). In addition Zeus makes requirements of the deities such as they
should strive against one another, but they cannot fight with one another.
Furthermore to obtain their ends they may need to make deals with other
deities. They may have to give up somethin in their realm to get something in
Question: Is the story of Artemis the same as the story of Diana?
Answer: No it is not. Diana is a Roman goddess. The Roman’s attached the
Greek stories of Artemis to their Diana. The Roman’s had very few stories
about Diana, so the much more numerous stories of Artemis obscured the
older stories of Diana. But Diana has a few stories that do not apply to
Question: Are there any constallations for Artemis
Answer: Artemis is associated with the Moon.
Question: what is the truth about artemis being an oriental goddess
Answer: Some worship of Artemis was copied from oriental religion.
Question: how would u dress if u were doing artemis as a project?
Answer: There is no easy answer to this question. The Greeks believed
that when a goddess appeared she took the image of a familiar friend of the
worshippers. They only knew she appeared because of the result of her visit.
Before she left a miracle would appear related to her realm. Statues and
images of Artemis varied depending upon who drew them and when. Normally she
held a bow and arrow and this is how she is identified. Beside that she could
wear a peplos, a chiton, a tunic, or she might even appear nude. I think I
would dress her in a see-through chiton with some kind of bra and short pants
underneath. I would make sure she had a bow and arrow.
Question: What Are Artimis’s duties on Mt. Olympus
Answer: Artemis has the duty of maintaining her realm which is wild nature.
She laws down the laws and determines if the are fair. She listens to prayers
and determines if she should answer them fairly. Her realm is not on Mt.
Olympus, but she visits there for special occaisions.
Question: how does greek mathology mix with todays culture
Answer: The ancient Greeks have been extremely influential on today’s
culture. Not only did they develop our rational ways of thinking, but they
developed many other ideas which are a part of our culture. In some cases these
ideas are buried in our subconscious and are hard to ferret out. The Greeks
were original artists who produced many interesting things which are
interesting in and of themselves. The ancient Greek culture has long been
a good foundation for a fine education. The education value of this culture
Question: Can you tell me more about the myth of Endymion and Artemis?
Answer: It was not Artemis, but rather Selene who had an affair with
Endymion. In later times Selene and Artemis have been confused.
Question: I’m doing a research paper on the role of Artemis and ancient Roman myster cults? Could you give me some information on her cult, if such a cult existed?
Answer: There were at least three distinct Artemises: The Arcadian Artemis,
The Brauronian Artemis, and the Ephesian Artemis. The cult associated
with each Artemis were quite distinct.
Question: did artemis kill apollo?
Answer: Apollo is an immortal god and cannot be killed.
Question: What other gods or goddsses did Artemis hang out with
Answer: Of the gods Artemis only spent time with Apollo. Of the goddesses
she was like a sister to Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena, but she spent little
time with them. She preferred roving with a band of nymphs. She also
spent times with Oceanides, Aura, Amaranthus, Maera, Orion, Phylonome, Pleaides,
Upis, Theia, and Arhippe. She was the lover of Britomartis.
Question: in the trojan warwas any one sacrificed to artemis?
Answer: Iphigenia, the daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon was
sacrificed to Artemis at Aulis so the fleet could sail to Troy. The story goes
that she was not actually killed because Artemis substituted a stag for
her as the knife was falling. But for her parents she was dead. She then was
taken to Tauris when she sacrificed many strangers as the priestess of
Question: when is Diana’s (Artemis) birth day?
Answer: 7th day of Thargelion, festival of Thargelia, birthday of Artemis. It celebrated her as forest and Moon Goddess, protector of new growth.
But the sixth of every month was also celebrated as was the new moon.
Question: is there any real proof that artemis was a lesbian?
Answer: You really have to consider what would be a real proof for any
type of god or goddess. Her virginity does not exclude lesbian
relationships, but it does not require them either. None of her
characteristics require her to be a lesbian. Nor do they exclude this.
There are stories that she was involved in a Lesbian relationship but so
far neither direct observation or the archeaolgical record can confirm this.
Question: If not Mount Olypis where could Artemis be found?
Answer: A goddess such as Artemis can be found anywhere in the Universe.
Whether she just seems to be everywhere because she moves so fast or whether
she is so large that she occupies all space is not clear. But when she reveals
herself to a mortal she looks like a mortal. When Artemis appears to a mortal
she could present a wraith which she just controls like a puppet. In this way
she could appear to many people at once. Since her realm is wild nature she
spends more time there than other places devoid of life. But if a seed
sprouts in the desert Artemis is there. Yet of all the wild places the wilds
of Arcadia are her favorite. She is more likely to be seen there than anywhere
Question: Why do they call Artemis by Diana also?
Answer: The ancient Greeks thought of the divinities as explanations of
events in Nature. When they found two divinities that explained the same event they tended to assume these two divinities were identical. This often happened
as the Greeks traveled from culture to culture. Actually Artemis is associated
with over 76 names, not just Diana. This means there are perhaps 76 cultures
with a goddess of wild nature which the Greeks have simply identified with
Answer: A Giant who attempted to rape Leto. Her children Apollo and Artemis intervened and killed him.
Tityos and Apollo
Question: Didn’t Artemis fall in love with a shepard named Endymion?
Answer: This is a confusion of Artemis with Selene.
Question: Why is Artemis cruel?
Answer: A goddess is a very powerful controller of natural process, while
a mortal is a weak survivor. The hope is that the goddess possesses a
divine plan by which she works out who should survive and who should not.
From her point of view she is doing what she has to do according to her plan.
She is not cruel but precise. It is only the mortals who do not understand
her plan who think she is cruel.
Question: does artemis have black hair or blond hair?
Answer: Actually Artemis could change her hair color at will. When she is
confused with the goddess of the moon she has white hair. Golden blond hair
is a favorite for a goddess. But she is also imaged with black hair.
Question: tell me something about her upbringing?
Answer: Because they are born to their realm Goddesses do not require
Question: Did hera have any relationship with Apollo for revenge on Leto.
Answer: No. Once Artemis was born Hera had to leave Leto alone.
Question: Did Artemis like Hera?did hera like artemis
Answer: They acted like rival sisters.
Question: did Artemis enjoy being a goddess?Could she give up her title?
Answer: A goddess lives in eternal bliss. A goddess cannot be separated
from her realm because it is her nature.
Question: Why was Artemis an important goddess?
Answer: Her realm is important. She is almost equivalent to our Mother
Nature. Mother nature includes the realm of Demeter as well.
Question: Did any other Goddesses consider Artemis their enemy or show any dislike to her? any gods?
Answer: Zeus likes the deities to strive against each other but does not
allow them to be enemies and express dislike.
Question: If Orion was one of Artemis’s companions then why did she kill him?
Answer: Many acts of the divinities are beyond human reason. But, in fact
there are many stories about the demise of Orion only one of which involves
Artemis killing him. In the Odyssey this killing is presented as an
incidental fact with no motive given although it is suggested that the deities
oppose goddesses taking mortal lovers.
Question: Was Artemis every in love?
Answer: All the goddesses spend most of their time in bliss, but the virgin
goddesses: Artemis, Athena, and Hestia, are immune to the powers of
Question: Can Arttmis kill other gods or goddesses or were they all immortal?
Answer: This is not clear. Many of the deities are immortal and cannot
be killed. Not even Zeus can do this. All he can do is confine an offending
deity in Tartarus where they are inefective. But there are also mortal
deities. Medusa is one example. Many of the lesser goddesses can be
attached to temporal things such as trees or springs. If the tree dies or
the spring dries up then the associated goddess may die. The status of
Hades, Persephone, and Hecate is difficult. There is a sense in which they
are always dead. But Artemis can communicate with them. Does she bring
them to life to do this? And does she kill them when she no longer wishes
Question: Were any gods jealous of Apollo because he was so close to Artemis? Need answer at the most an hour
Answer: Jealousy is not a normal state of a deity. Because Apollo was
much more important than Artemis the jealousy was more likely of Artemis
because she was so close to Apollo.
Question: Why was Artemis an important goddess?
Answer: She was one of the 12 important deities, but she was not that
important. She was one of the most visible to us because she received most
of the sacrifices, but she did not receive the daily attention of Hestia,
Demeter or Dionysus. She was a special occaision goddess. Her worship
was also complex and most difficult to understand.
Question: what are the flaws of the god artemis?
Answer: To the Greeks expecially a deity was a perfect or ideal version of
a person. For this reason it is not that easy to talk about the flaws of
any deity, let alone Artemis. ASn interesting characteristic of the Greek
deities is that they had restrictions. These were not exactly flaws, but they
could seem that way compared to deities of other religions. All the deities
were subject to the restrictions of fate and right. The fate of a mortal
was determined at birth, and not even a god could change that. Furthermore
Zeus established certain laws which the deities could not break. The
deities were not allowed to lie, nor could they fight with one another.
Each deity was assigned a realm at birth that that deity was forever restricted
to. Deities were required to negotiate for favors from other deities if what
they wanted was in another realm.
Because Artemis was the deity of maidens and wild nature she was forced to
roam the countryside a virgin. She seems somewhat brutal in the killing of
humans and animals that she does, but this is a necessary part of her realm.
Question: Was Artemis a slave?
Answer: Through a heroic deed a slave could become a deity, but a
deity could not become a slave.
Question: What are ways to praise Artemis?
Answer: Any statement of the truth about Artemis would be considered praise.
Any Greek goddess can quickly distinguish the truth. Exageration is
undesirable. And of course talk is cheap. A statement without respectful
action is a sham. The Greek divinities reqired no extraneous activities.
No chants, prayers, kneeling, saluting, fasting, etc.
Question: what makes artemis different from the rest of the gods and goddesses?
Answer: Each divinity is assigned a realm at conception. This realm is
bound to the personality of the divinity. Stories about the personality
of the divinity are supposed to help an understanding of the realm.
Question: what is artemisis big rolr in greek mythology
Answer: The big role of every goddess was the management of her realm.
For Artemis this meant the management of wild nature and maidenhood.
Question: how did Artemis get her power?
Answer: This is a really difficult question because the referent is vague.
What you are asking for is the cause of her power. Aristotle identified
at least four kinds of causes and his question is relevant here.
“What causes motion and change in the universe? The four causes: a.) the
material cause: the matter out of which a thing is made (clay is the material
cause of a bowl); b.) the formal cause: the pattern, model, or structure upon
which a thing is made (the formal cause of a bowl is “bowl-shaped”; the formal
cause of a human is “human-shaped”); c.) the efficient cause: the means or
agency by which a thing comes into existence (a potter is the efficient cause
of a bowl); d.) the final (in Greek, telos ) cause: the goal or purpose of a
thing, its function or potential (holding cereal and milk is the final cause
of a bowl)” reference
The material cause of her power involves the way things happen in the
universe and relates to both the way her realm works and the way a goddess
makes things happen. The thoughts of a goddess relate to the rules of object
behavior. The objects in the realm of artemis are wild things that are alive
and they must live and die according to her rules. Any actions that she
takes involves bending, changing or enforcing these rules. The ancient Greeks
believed that some of this structure came from Zeus, but that others came from
the union of Uranos and Gaea. Still others came from the chaos out of which
the sky and the earth separated.
The formal cause involes her shape and this is really the shape of all
wild nature. This shape can be expressed as a statement of the rules that
apply to wild nature and is consistent with the nature of her thoughts.
This aspect of Artemis is related to the realms of Dike and Themis. It is as
though Artemis swore an oath would be a certain way and then worked to lock
this way in place. To let anything untoward happened would mean that Artemis
had violated her oath.
The efficient cause of the power of Artemis is her mother Leto and her
The final cause for the power of Artemis is the divine plan which she
carries in her mind. Artemis lives out of time and sees the whole of time.
She tries to manipulate the parts so the whole give a beautiful symmetry.
But this beauty is beyond human cognition since humans live in time. But
Zeus allows Artemis to reveal parts of her plan to select mortals on special
Artemis can do whatever she wants in her own realm, but she is restricted
to her divine plan as provide by the Fates. Also she must act according to
Dike (right). This means that she can never make a mistake. But she may also
communicate with the gods and goddesses of other realms
who may trade some power with her for their realm. So some of her power may
Question: why did you list the possible lesbian relationship between Artemis and Britomartis as bad?
Answer: I cannot find this reference. The Amazons thought this was good.
Greek men did not like Lesbian relationships. This relation should not be
listed as bad in itself but it can be bad in reference to some one’s belief.
Goddesses cannot commit error so the relationship must be accepted as free
Question: What is Leto, Atremis’s mother, the godess of?
Answer: Leto is the goddess of earthy fruitfulness.
Question: My asignment is to create my own myth, and I choose Artemis as a main character.I imagine a story how Artemis protecting the children turned them into the stars.My question is: If you cold help my about some details, in what Artemies could turned Childern’s attackers? One more Question:What exactly did Artemis hunt?
Answer: Artemis hunts every living animal. She kills them when they die of
disease. When a little child dies of disease it is because Artemis hunts them
down. Artemis protects a fawn by removing their scent. This makes them
impossible to find by a wolf. Artemis could protect a child by putting a
poredator on the wrong trail, or providing them with camouflage that makes them
invisible to the predator. Artemis could punish the predators by taking away their appetite or making them very thirsty.
Question: what does artemis love
Answer: Her realm of wild nature and all those who respect it.
Question: Did artemis have any enemy’s
Answer: Goddesses do not have enemies.
Question: why is she naked
Answer: In ancient Greece Artemis was rarely pictured naked. Later
images of Artemis have her naked because we are all born naked and in the wild
everything is naked. Artists find youthful naked females to be very decorative
and they have been prohibited from portraying mortals naked for moral reasons.
But for a goddess nudity is a symbol of purity so portraying a naked goddess
has always been acceptable.
Hi, I just got done reading your website about Artemis---pretty great! :-) Artemis is definitely my favorite of the Greek goddesses. I noticed a few things in your Q&A that seemed interesting that I'd never heard before, and thought I'd point these out: At one point you said, "There is no doubt that Aphrodite had sex with women," and then you said later on that Artemis had no real "enemies", and that her relationships with goddesses such as Aphrodite and Hera were like sisters, with a little rivalry. There is a *won*derful book out by Robert E. Bell called "Women of Classical Mythology" which explores quite deeply any Greek female figure you can think of---and more (at 462 pages and over 2,600 entries, it's quite worth the $17!). I thought it was interesting that what you said differs with what is under Aphrodite's entry: "We do know that Artemis and Aphrodite were enemies, although this is seldom given much attention. Aphrodite supposedly brought about the death of Hippolytus because he vowed celibacy. Artemis was said to have been involved in Adonis' death in retaliation. Apollo also had reason to hate Aphrodite. His osn Erymanthus had seen her bathing and was struck blind, so some claimed that Apollo, too, participated in Adonis' death. Finally, while Zeus, Poseidon, Hermes, and Dionysus might have played around with a boy or two, they were heterosexuals, and Ares was not connected with a single homosexual liaison. Apollo, on the other hand, must certainly be called bisexual, and this behavior could only be offensive to Aphrodite." Thinking of Ares and Artemis getting along really well is a new idea to me, too---all the books I have talk about how all the Olympians hated Ares, with the exceptions of Eris, Hades, and Aphrodite. I *would* like to think of the gods and goddesses for the most part getting along, but it's awfully hard to when you keep seeing things like that...lol. I'm sorry if I sound argumentative or anything, I just wanted to show you the viewpoints that I'd experienced, that maybe you had or had not seen before. Again, GREAT page, that's so awesome that you did that---and you deserve a pat on the back for all the time you take to answer every single question! :-)
Answer: Zeus likes the divinities to strive against one another but he severly
limits the destruction they can inflict on one another. But he does not limit
what they can do to mortals. A number of divine characteristics make sense of
this. The gods and goddesses are immortal; mortal injury is impossible. Each
divinity is assigned a unique realm which unites with the personality of
that divinity. But the boundaries of these realms are not well-defined and
even interact. For example Artemis is the goddess of maidens and wild things.
She is a virgin but sex is a factor in her realm. Wild creatures need sex
to reproduce and maidens are constantly drawn to sex. Thus there is an
interaction between Artemis and Aphrodite, the goddess of sex. But it may be
too much to call them enemies because the one cannot do without the other, nor
can one overpower the other. It is this process of interaction which forms
the nature of things according to Anaximander “And the source of
coming-to be for existing things is that into which destruction, too, happens
‘according to necessity; for they pay penalty and retribution to each other
for their injustice according to the assesment of Time'”.
Question: What tools did Artemis use?
Answer: Mainly she used her bow and arrows to cause illness and death.
For transformations she would have used a wand as did all the other
Question: I read a book today and it said she killed only the daughters of Niobe is the book right or are you?
Answer: You would be silly to believe what I say. You must check these
things out yourself. The following can be studied:
- Odyssey, Book V, Artemis killed Orion in Ortygia
- Odyssey, Book XI, Artemis killed Ariadne on the Island of Dia as a result
of what Dionysus had said against her.
- Odyssey, Book XV, Artemis killed the people of Syra with her painless shafts
when they get very old.
- Odyssey, Book XV, Artemis killed the nurse of Eumaeus.
Question: is Artemis also known as the Mistress of the Animals?
Answer: This is very confusing. In the Iliad Artemis is referred to as
the mistress of the animals. Images of her show her with leaping animals
at her side. She is also referred to as Potnia Theron. But Minoan art
contains similar images. It is likely that the Mistress of the Animals
of Minoan Culture is not the same as Artemis. More likely it is Hera.
Hera came to Greece from Crete, while Artemis came from a more northerly
direction. But by the time of Homer Artemis was the Mistress of the Animals.
Minoan Potnia Theron (Mistress of the Animals)
Question: was Artemis a lesbian?
Answer: Definitely not. Artemis is the goddess of maidenhood. Until a
maiden is married she should not be involved in heterosexual activities because
these would make her pregnant and the parentage of the baby could be unknown.
Until the time of her marriage a maiden is going to learn about sex either by
self exploration or involvement with other persons of the same sex. This is
her introduction to sex. It does not mean she prefers this type of sex. Most
maidens prefer heterosexual activity which is forbidden to them. The Lesbian
activity of Artemis reflects this type of situation. But this is as close to
a goddess of Lesbian activity as the Greeks had. So Lesbians worshipped
Question: Are there more than one “Mistress of the Animals”? For example, i read that the Eskimo shaman worshipped a mistress of the animals called Sedna
Answer: What you have asked is an ontological question when you intended
a merely classificatory one. There may have been a number of cultures with
a belief in a Mistress of the Animals. But I will confine my comments merely
to the ancient Greek one. Three distict versions of Artemis can be identified
and this is distinct from the Pontia Theron of the Minoan Culture. Even so
the Greeks were inclined to identify just one Mistress of the Animals. Had
they known of the Eskimo they would have said this was the same too. They
identified a goddess by her characteristics regardless of what she was
called. This clump of characteristics had a universal quality which
transcended a local name for it. The clump was important because it
identified an aspect of experience which the goddess personified. It was,
after all, the desire to succeed with ones experience that drove the Ancient
Greeks to relate to the gods. One would have to assume that any culture
with a dependence on wild animals would have a religious was of dealing
with them. The concept of Mistress of Animals is one solution.