Artemis

Goddess of the Hunt

  • also the "goddess of warfare, chastity, and virginity" (Graf 506-508).
  • Artemis is the daughter of Zeus and Leto and the twin sister of Apollo (Graf 506-508).
  • she is armed with a bow and arrow (Leadbetter).
  • very protective of purity and innocence (Leadbetter).
  • often represented with "a bent bow and quiver, attended with dogs, and sometimes in a chariot that is drawn by two white stags" (Kravitz).

Role in the Trojan War

  • Agamemnon killed a stag in Artemis's sacred grove (Hunter).
  • the goddess retaliated by stopping his fleet of ships while he was on his way to Troy (Hunter).
  • she only offered to return the wind if he sacrificed his daughter, Iphigenia (Hunter).
  • Iphigenia ended up being teleported away by Artemis herself and replaced with a deer (Hunter).

Works Cited

Graf, Fritz. "Artemis." Encyclopedia of Religion. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. 506-08. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 03 Nov. 2014.

Hunter, James. "Agamemnon." Encyclopedia Mythica. MCMXCV - MMIX Encyclopedia Mythica, 03 Mar. 1997. Web. 06 Nov. 2014.

Kravitz, David. "Artemis." Who's Who in Greek and Roman Mythology. New York: C.N. Potter, 1976. N. pag. Print.

Leadbetter, Ron. "Artemis." Encyclopedia Mythica. MCMXCV - MMIX Encyclopedia Mythica, 03 Mar. 1997. Web. 06 Nov. 2014.