Artemis Assignment - Alex McBath mam5286 Artemis, the...

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Alex McBath mam5286 Artemis, the virgin goddess of the hunt, represents a unique addition to the pantheon of Olympian gods. Born to Zeus and Leto in their famous affair, Diana, as she is known in Latin, is the twin sister of Apollo, placing her among the younger generation of Greek gods. She possesses a number of ironic attributes, including her connection with childbirth despite both her status as a virgin and her association with sudden death in children, specifically girls. In addition, Artemis shares her twin brother’s vengeful nature against anyone who insults her or someone she loves, a quality evident in many of the myths in which she appears. One of the most famous myths involving Artemis is that of Niobe, the queen of Thebes. The citizens of Thebes honored Leto and her two children, adorning their statues with gifts and offerings to the gods. This practice enraged Niobe, who proudly claimed that she deserved more honor than the goddess Leto because she bore fourteen children against Leto’s two. Niobe’s claims infuriated Leto, who complained to her children of the mortal’s overbearing pride. Angry and seeking revenge, Apollo and Artemis swept down upon the palace at Thebes and, with their mighty bows, began to shoot down each of
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2008 for the course C C 303 taught by Professor Faulkner during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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