Artemis Greek Goddess Essay

Most families stick together; if as a child you saw someone picking on your little sister on the playground, chances are you went over and diffused the situation.

Parents, likewise, are often very protective of their children.

Artemis, clearly, took her family's honor quite seriously.

According to Greek mythology, Artemis was the daughter of Leto and Zeus, and had a twin brother, Apollo.

While connection with Anatolian names has been suggested, Various conflicting accounts are given in Classical Greek mythology regarding the birth of Artemis and Apollo, her twin brother.

However, in terms of parentage, all accounts agree that she was the daughter of Zeus and Leto and that she was the twin sister of Apollo.

When Hera, Zeus' wife, learned of Leto's pregnancy, Hera sent a serpent monster, Python, to pursue Leto and chase her far away from Greece.

In one interpretation of the myth, Leto gave birth to Artemis one day before she gave birth to Apollo.

The name may be possibly related to Greek árktos "bear" (from PIE *h₂ŕ̥tḱos), supported by the bear cult the goddess had in Attica (Brauronia) and the Neolithic remains at the Arkoudiotissa Cave, as well as the story of Callisto, which was originally about Artemis (Arcadian epithet kallisto); this cult was a survival of very old totemic and shamanistic rituals and formed part of a larger bear cult found further afield in other Indo-European cultures (e.g., Gaulish Artio).

It is believed that a precursor of Artemis was worshipped in Minoan Crete as the goddess of mountains and hunting, Britomartis.


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