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Statue of Artemis Agrotera on Mykonos

Artemis is a Greek goddess of the hunt, wilderness, virginity, and the Moon. She is the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. Her Roman counterpart is Diana.

Artemis is also regarded as one of the Twelve Gods, the major deities of the Greek pantheon.

Symbols

Her symbols included a golden bow and arrow, the hunting dog, the stag, and the Moon. At least one of these inspired a temple located in Malis.[1]

Influence

By the 5th century BCE, Artemis had a large statue raised on the island of Mykonos, and several temples dedicated to her all around Greece. She had also inspired a cult which begun on Chios, emulating her roles as huntress and protector of the wild, and then spread out into rest of the Greece. In addition, an armor set was attributed to her.[1]

On Delos, the 'sister island' of Mykonos, the northern region was regarded as lands sacred to Artemis. The eastern region of Mykonos was known as Artemis Hills.[1]

According to the stories, the Hind of Keryneia that Herakles captured was sacred to Artemis, whereas she'd sent the Kalydonian Boar to terrorize the region of Kalydon. Artemis also was said to have killed Ariadne, a Kretan princess who had defiled a place sacred to Artemis on Naxos Island.[1]

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