Greek Goddess Artemis

Goddess of hunting, wild animals, childbirth, and the moon

Family and Early Life

Artemis is the daughter of Zeus and Leto. She was born in Delos Island, Greece, a sacred place to ancient Greeks. Artemis is the twin sister of Apollo, and in some legends it is said that she helped Leto deliver him shortly after her birth.

Hunting and Nature connections

Artemis is known to be the Queen of hunting. Her passions include roaming the mountains while hunting bears and stags with her powerful, golden bow and arrow. Artemis is known to turn people who are not pure, or anger her into wild animals, such as when she turned Calisto into a bear for getting pregnant.

Legends

There are many legends about Artemis, and sometimes Apollo too. One in particular is Niobe thought she was better than Artemis and Apollo's nymph mother, Leto, because Niobe had seven boys and seven girls while Leto only had Artemis and Apollo. In response, Artemis and Apollo used their bow and arrows to kill all 14 children. Niobe was devastated, so she turned into a weeping stone, that apparently still weeps in the mountains of Turkey.

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