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Artemis

In Greek mythology, Artemis was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the Hellenic goddess of forests, hills, virginity/fertility, and the hunt and was often depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows. The deer and the cypress were sacred to her. In later, Hellenistic times she even assumed the ancient role of Eileithyia in aiding childbirth.

Artemis was one of the most widely venerated of the gods and one of the oldest (Burkert 1985, 149). Her later association with the moon is a popular idea which has little foundation. She later became identified with Selene, a Titaness who was a Greek moon goddess, and she was sometimes depicted with a crescent moon above her head. She also became identified with the Roman goddess Diana and with the Etruscan goddess, Artume.

The childhood of Artemis is not embodied in any surviving myth: the Iliad reduced the figure of the dread goddess to a girl, who, having been thrashed by Hera, climbs weeping into the lap of Zeus. A poem of Callimachus – the goddess "who amuses herself on mountains with archery" – imagines some charming vignettes: at three years old, Artemis asked her father, Zeus, while sitting on his knee, to grant her six wishes. Her first wish was to remain chaste for eternity, and never to be confined by marriage. She then asked for lop-eared hounds, stags to lead her chariot, and nymphs to be her hunting companions, 60 from the river and 20 from the ocean. Also, she asked for a silver bow like her brother Apollo. He granted her wishes. All of her companions remained virgins, and Artemis guarded her own chastity closely. Her symbol was the silver bow and arrow. - Wikipedia


I'm doing the Twelve Olypians series, as a part of my Greek Mythology circle.

-My other works
Poseidon
Aphrodite
Zeus
Hera
Demeter
Hestia
Apollo
Ares
Athena
Hephaestus
Hermes

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:iconasel-stock: - Background, Link
:icondani-stock: - Artemis, Link
:iconmaureenolder: - Bow and Arrow, Link
:icondigitaldreamersstock: - Deers, Link & Link
:iconbreathtakingstock: - Texture, Link

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BlackCrescents Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please do Hades!
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Selenamasters Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010   Writer
I love her! She's the best of the goddesses
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Benthos1 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
Awesome work, you have all of them EXCEPT Eros! :O
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Ophelia-Nightshade Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Very lovely. Artemis was always one of my favorite goddesses
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MaureenOlder Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
very beautiful :clap:
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rotten-carcass Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :D
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