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  The Maiden Goddess – Artemis (Doll Article)

(February 13, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Artemis doesn’t get as much time in the spotlight as some of the other goddesses, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have much interesting history to her name. In fact, quite the opposite is true. I’m rather convinced that Artemis simply stayed out of many stories because she was a maiden - a polite way of saying virgin. When the rest of the gods and goddesses were being a bit wild and crazy, if you know what I mean, Artemis was just hanging out with her huntresses, trying to save humanity.

A Bad Beginning

Artemis’s mother, Leto had an affair with Zeus, the king of the gods. Unfortunately, Zeus’s wife, Hera, discovered the affair and cursed Leto. Hera was more than a bit upset, so she banned Leto from giving birth on firm land, on any island, and on any land under the sun. Eventually Leto wound up on the floating island of Delos which miraculously met Hera’s criteria.

Artemis was born very easily without causing her mother any pain. Her brother Apollo, on the other hand, was challenging to deliver, but the newly born Artemis helped her mother deliver Apollo the day after her own birth (or nine days later in other stories.) Hera never found a liking for Artemis or Apollo after this, although their father, Zeus, did spend quite a bit of time with each of the twins and help them along their divine ways.

Declaring Maidenhood

In fact, when Artemis was three years old (according to legend) she sat upon Zeus’ knee and asked for some wishes to be granted. Zeus agreed and Artemis rattled off her desires. She wanted to be chaste for eternity so that she would never be bound by marriage. She also wished for “lop eared hounds” or hunting dogs, stags or deer to lead her chariot and nymphs to be her companions. In all, she gained eternal virginity, hunting dogs, deer and sixty nine-year-old girls to buddy around with. Artemis was so determined to remain a maiden, that she also insisted that her companions remain chaste as well. If you broke that rule, there was trouble…

Artemis and her Temper

Callisto was one of Artemis’ attendants and took a vow of chastity. Artemis’ father, Zeus, disguised himself as Artemis (or Apollo depending on the story version) and came to Callisto and tricked her. He gained her trust and then took advantage of her. The result was a son, Arcas.

When Artemis discovered the situation, she was furious. She turned her beloved companion into a bear. Callisto’s own son, Arcas, almost killed his mother who was now a bear, but Zeus stopped him just in time. Instead of letting Callisto be killed, Zeus placed her in the heavens where she formed Callisto the Bear constellation we can still see today. Some stories claim Zeus put both mother and son in the sky forming Ursa Major and Ursa Minor or Big Bear and Little Bear.

Artemis and her Brother

Artemis is the only Olympian to have a twin. Artemis and Apollo have a great deal in common and get along well in most of the legends. In fact, in most legends, the two stick together to protect their mother’s honor and safety as well as their own. Artemis is very protective of her brother as well. In one instance, a girl became a bit too proud of an affair with Apollo. Her bragging offended Artemis, so the young goddess simply killed the annoying girl for her vanity. Ouch.


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animehype

20/Female
Alexandria, VA
Posted On: October 21, 2008
Artemis rules.
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KrazyWolfy

21/Female
Thailand
Posted On: October 6, 2008
Artemis PWNs the universe. Period.
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KimtheJNSpaz

20/Female
Mattituck, NY
Posted On: February 21, 2008
Artimis is my favorite goddess. Nice article.
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belladoggy

21/Female
Palatine, IL
Posted On: February 16, 2008
She's actually not the goddess of the moon. that is Selene. Just as Apollo isn't the sun god. that title belongs to Helios.
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whiteskyewarri

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: February 16, 2008
nice article. never knew about artemis before this. good job JezZ!
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dadezgurl

21/Female
Antarctica
Posted On: February 16, 2008
Artemis is my favorite goddess. she's much more down to earth and mostly nicer
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PheonixDragonf

22/Female
Canada
Posted On: February 16, 2008
Artemis is not just the goddess of the hunt, but also virginity and the moon, while her bother is the sun god. Artemis and Apollo are the best god(ess) ever, and I'm usually reading about them.
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belladoggy

21/Female
Palatine, IL
Posted On: February 16, 2008
Artemis is My Favorite. I love her to death. And Artemis and Diana are the same person. She's amazing. Here is what I think is an amazing picture ofher (and interpreatation, but still...go look at it!) : http://kaian.deviantart.com/art/Artemis- 43222491

Artemis is by far the best of all the Goddeses. Especially better than Aphrodite. I did a report on her this year, actually. For our freshman mythology unit. Together, she and Apollo represnt justice. She was goddess of the hunt, protectress of women, children, and those unfairly treated...but there was that whole thing with Acteon...she was kind of cruel and unusual in that sense. But still amazing!
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Scarlet_Seraph

25/Female
Posted On: February 15, 2008
Yeah, Artemis is awesome. Her brother's pretty sketchy, though... It's great that she's gorgeous and strong, not just one or the other!
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Maddie705

20/Female
Willowick, OH
Posted On: February 15, 2008
Athena and Artemis are ma faves!
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Johan_Andersen

20/Female
West Hills, CA
Posted On: February 14, 2008
ohhh~that was helpful.i'm Artemis in a project we're doing in film making,but i only knew she she had a twin ^^
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yoshie

20/Female
San Jose, CA
Posted On: February 14, 2008
how cute artemis was
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indo_silver

26/Female
Tampa, FL
Posted On: February 14, 2008
Artemis is definately the coolest of the greek goddess.
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Izzy_zy_Rocker

20/Female
Netherlands, The
Posted On: February 14, 2008
I lvoe all these atricle about Greek gods and goddesses.

So interesting.
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superhero_1

26/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: February 14, 2008
Love All This Goddess Info!

Artemis Is The Best!

My Faves Are Artemis And Diana

-Kayley,x
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