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(Ἄρτεµις [Ártemis]; Latin Diana)

A. Myth

A. is the daughter of Zeus and Leto, twin sister of Apollo and one of the twelve Olympian deities. She developed three important characteristics in the course of ancient mythic history. (1) Originally, A. was not a virginal goddess, but a goddess of fertility and childbirth descended from the Earth Mother, and hence also identified with the goddess of Asia Minor who was worshipped at Ephesus and equipped with symbols of f…

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Föcking, Marc, “Artemis”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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