Written by: Calli DeManiro
Hello all and welcome to Out of the Ruins, We Go! 's second post. This blog is all about ancient Greek minor and major gods/goddesses, heroes, myths, and more! I'll be sharing some facts about their backgrounds, and then other fun facts about them!
As for this week's article, it's going to be all about girl power! You've probably already guessed who it is, but if not, it's the goddess of the hunt herself... Artemis!
We're going to travel back into time to when it was about the god Zeus, goddess Hera, and titaness Leto.
Zeus had just gotten Leto pregnant, and Hera, being his wife, was outraged! Hera had gotten very jealous and set a curse upon Leto; she was forbidden to give birth on any solid ground.
Leto had tried searching all around Greece for a stable place for her to go into labor, but no one was letting her in to their homes. But, she stumbled upon a floating island called Asteria. Odd, right?
Hera even held back her daughter, Eileithyia, the goddess of childbirth, from assisting Leto. But after nine long days, and nine long nights, brutal pain, on the tenth day of labor, Leto gave birth to the goddess of the moon and the hunt, Artemis.
Artemis helped Leto, acting like a midwife to help give birth to her twin brother, Apollo, god of archery, healing, poetry, and much more. For this reason, Artemis took over Eileithyia's spot as goddess of childbirth.
And that, my friends, is the story of Artemis' beginning! Now, let's move onto some fun facts, yes?
Artemis is a maiden goddess. Unlike her brother, Apollo, she does not have any demi-god children of her own!
The bear is a sacred animal to Artemis!
And that is all I have for you guys this week. I hope you enjoyed this edition, and wish to see you soon!
Did you know that Artemis is actually the goddess of seven different things? Yup! She's goddess of the hunt, forest and hills, archery, wild animals, the wilderness, childbirth and virginity, and the moon.
She is the leader of the Hunter's of Artemis. You can even join them (if your a females, males are very rare.)! Joining the HoA makes you immortal, and protects young girls and keeps them innocent.
Two festivals are held in Artemis's honor! They are called Brauronia
and the festival of Artemis Orthia
Although Artemis was worshipped widely in ancient Greece, she was only worshipped as a second deity. But her temple somehow become one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World...
Artemis' roman name is Diana. Her other greek names are Aeginaea, Aetole, Agrotera, Kourotrophos, Locheia, Cynthia, Amarynthia, Phoebe, Alphaea, Alpheaea, and Alpheiusa. A lot, right?