Artemis – the Greek Goddess of Hunting

Artemis, the Greek goddess of hunting, also known as Diana.Artemis is the Greek goddess of hunting. The Romans knew her as Diana.

Artemis is usually seen holding a bow and arrow. She has taken a vow of chastity and will never marry.

Artemis is jealous of anyone who claims to be a better hunter than her. King Agamemnon was one person to make such a foolish boast, and he compounded his error when he killed one of her stags in a scared grove. He paid a heavy price for crossing Artemis. She calmed the winds and stopped his ships sailing to the Trojan War until he had given her hid daughter, Iphigenia, as a sacrifice.

Oeneus was another king who upset the chaste goddess. He forgot to include her in the harvest festival, and as a punishment she sent the Calydonian Boar to ravish his lands.

In the Trojan war she took the side of the Trojans along with her brother, Apollo.

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