Friday, Apr. 22, 2011


Being born into the mythical equivalent of a modern day dynasty has meant that Artemis has lingered in memory. A key deity in Greek myth, she was the daughter of Zeus and Leto and the twin sister of Apollo, the sun god. Most commonly thought of as the goddess of the hunt, she is often depicted with a quiver full of arrows, and accompanied by a deer or a bear. However, Artemis could also refer to a number of other deities, depending on the time period or the region — and many of them had a more nurturing role. The Ephesian Artemis — revered in modern day Turkey — for example, was originally worshiped as a great mother goddess, and pre-dated the Artemis that was eventually revered in Greece. Later on, Artemis filled another mother role, sometimes being associated with childbirth and rites of fertility.