Artemis In Greek Mythology

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Artemis, one of the most respected of the Olympian goddesses, is the goddess of the wilderness, hunting, chastity, and childbirth. The Roman god often compared to her is Diana (GreekMythology). Born to Zeus and Leto in the island of Ortygia, Artemis is the twin sister to Apollo; some accounts believe that she was the daughter of Demeter and other traditions believe that she was born to Dionysus and Isis (MythIndex). Her name translates to “healthy” and “uninjured” which is taken from the word artemes (Theoi). Although she was physically strong, independent, and brave, she was often impulsive towards men and those who made her feel threated (GoGreece). Artemis is important to Greek mythology because she embraces the various facets of being a strong, independent woman (GreekResearch). As a child, she requested from her father, Zeus, 6 wishes which are the following: 80 virgin nymphs to accompany her, hounds to protect her, stags to lead her chariot, bow and arrows, to be able to live purely, and most importantly, eternal virginity (ArtemisTheArcher). Because she was dedicated to living chaste, she encouraged her nymphs to stay pure as well. If her nymphs failed to be pure, she would kill them such as when Zeus seduced one of her nymphs, Artemis transformed into a…show more content…
When Artemis caught him, she became enraged and turned his hounds on himself by turning him into a stag (Maicar). She was also very protective over nature and everything in it so when Agamemnon boasted to her about killing a stag in her sacred grove, she took revenge on him by calming the wind while Agamemnon was sailing to Troy for the Trojan War leaving him stranded. In order for the wind to be restored, Artemis insisted him to sacrifice his daughter, which he acquiesced to
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