Artemis the goddess of the moon
Artemis then snatched Iphigenia from the altar and substituted a deer. When portrayed as a goddess of the moon, Artemis wore a long robe and sometimes a veil covered her head. She is not in a hurry to marry anyone and likes to play the field.
Afterward, she took Iphigenia with her in Tauris and made her a priestess of her cult.
This twin model is a key to the way she relates to men, more as a sister or intellectual equal. Agamemnon once promised the goddess he would sacrifice the dearest thing to him, which was Iphigenia, but broke the promise.
She protected women in labor , but also brought them death and sickness. She punished Agamemnon, for example, when he killed a stag in her sacred grove. Artemis hunted down those who tried to kill pregnant animals, because that would interfere with Earth's replenishment. Artemis cares more about her work and hobbies than about relationships. Various myths have been told about what happened after Artemis took her. However, some versions of this myth say Apollo and Hermes protected her from Artemis' wrath. Aeneas was helped by Artemis, Leto, and Apollo.
She guarded her virginity carefully. This does not mean a virgin goddess never had a sexual relationship, but that she felt complete in herself and did not need to be part of a couple to feel fulfilled in life.
Festival of Artemis in Brauronwhere girls aged not more than 10 and not less than 5 dressed in saffron robes played the bear to appease the goddess after the plagued she sent when her bear was killed.
The growth of the Aloadae never stopped, and they boasted that as soon as they could reach heaven, they would kidnap Artemis and Hera and take them as wives. Needless to add, Actaeon was ripped apart to pieces. Dogs were also depicted as her sacred animals. Bouphagos, the son of the Titan Iapetos, saw Artemis and had a thought of raping her. The arrows of Artemis could also to bring sudden death and disease to girls and women. One day, she claimed that the body of Artemis was too womanly and she doubted her virginity. Athenian festivals in honor of Artemis included Elaphebolia , Mounikhia , Kharisteria, and Brauronia. In a version by Aratus , [21 ] Orion took hold of Artemis' robe and she killed him in self-defense. A girl teased the bear, and, in some versions of the myth, it killed her, while, in other versions, it clawed out her eyes. Arktos e Brauroniois, a text by, Suidas , a Byzantine writer, told a legend about a bear that was tamed by Artemis, and introduced to the people of Athens. In Elis she was worshiped as Alphaea. Her cult in Aetolia, the Artemis Aetolian, showed her with a hunting spear.
Artemis in art Edit   Fourth century Praxitelean bronze head of a goddess wearing a lunate crown, found at Issa VisCroatia The oldest representations of Artemis in Greek Archaic art portray her as Potnia Theron "Queen of the Beasts" : a winged goddess holding a stag and leopard in her hands, or sometimes a leopard and a lion.
In other versions, Artemis killed Adonis for revenge. Apollo and Artemis used poisoned arrows to kill them, though according to some versions two of the Niobids were spared, one boy and one girl.
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