Myths for Kids
Roman Name: Diana
Artemis was the goddess of the hunt and the
goddess of the moon. She was Apollo's twin sister. Her father was Zeus,
king of all the gods. Her mother was the gentle Leto.
Apollo's opposite. Her brother could be warm and loving. She loved her
twin brother. She loved her Mom. She
respected her Dad. She even liked most of her half-siblings. She adored her dogs. But
to most people, gods, and animals, Artemis was cold and pitiless.
Artemis was a private goddess. There are not
that many myths about her. Artemis demanded her privacy.
She absolutely, positively, no question about it, resented anyone who intruded
upon her, or spied upon her, or interrupted her, especially any man. Artemis
had swore never to marry. She never did.
the myth goes ...
upon a time, a long time ago, there lived a famous hunter. His name was Actaeon.
One day, Actaeon and his dogs were in the
woods. The dogs perked up their ears. They heard something. Laughter. Coming
from a stream nearby.
quietly crept up on the steam to see who was laughing. Imagine his amazement
to discover it was the goddess Artemis, along with some of her attendants,
splashing in the stream.
should have left immediately. He, like everyone else in the ancient Greek
world, was very aware that Artemis demanded privacy. But he was young, and
foolish, and arrogant. Instead of leaving, he moved out onto the bank, and
boldly stared at Artemis.
splashed him with water. Magically, he changed into a deer. His dogs leaped on
him, as he had trained them to do when they spotted any deer. The dogs killed
never thought of him again.