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Artemis is also regarded as one of the Twelve Gods, the major deities of the Greek pantheon.
During the 12th century BCE when the Trojan War was starting, Artemis was said to have stopped the wind so that King Agamemnon's ships could not cross the sea from Boeotia to Troy. The Mycenaean king had reportedly angered the goddess, and so she requested that he sacrifice his beloved daughter Iphigenia. However, when Iphigenia's sacrifice was about to happen, the goddess suddenly had a change of heart, pitied the young princess, and replaced her with a doe.
Artemis was also said to have sent a wild boar to terrorize the region of Kalydon, and that the Hind of Keryneia which Herakles captured was sacred to Artemis. Some versions of this deed of Herakles even say that the goddess helped him catch the Hind.
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.
Behind the scenes
The mural depicting Artemis with a bow in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey is based on a painting on an amphora from Late Classical period, depicting the Battle of the Giants and Gods. In the same game, the statue of Artemis most commonly seen seems to be based on Diana of Versailles, a Roman marble copy of a lost Greek bronze original. Another sculpture of Artemis, this time holding a fawn, in the same game seems to be based on an early 5th century BCE Boeotian terracotta statuette.
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Delos: Kynthos Ruins
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Boeotia: Site of Iphigenia's Sacrifice
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Naxos: Deathbed of Ariadne
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Boeotia: Specter on the Rock
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Phokis: Kalydonian Boar
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Euboea: The Keryneian Hind
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Daughters of Artemis
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Arkadia: Origins of the Karyatids