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Artemis was the goddess of the hunt and the protector of all wild creatures. Her father was Zeus and her twin brother was Apollo.


In ancient Greece, hunting was a serious business. Hunting was a sport, pest control, and meat supply combined! The dangers accompanied with hunting were considerable—wild boars, bears, wolves, and sharp objects flying through the air made it pretty risky. Keeping in good favor with the goddess of the hunt was a wise choice!

In later versions of the Greek myths, Artemis became associated with the moon, just like her twin brother Apollo became associated with the sun. However, the protector of the moon was in fact a Titaness named Selene.

To the Romans, Artemis was known as Diana. To this day, Diana is still a popular name for girls.

Orion the Hunter was a favorite companion of Artemis. Some myths claim that Artemis even fell in love with the greatest of all hunters. Out of jealousy, Apollo tricked his sister into killing Orion. A grief-stricken Artemis placed Orion in the night sky as a constellation. The three bright stars that make up Orion’s belt are part of one of the most recognizable constellations in the night sky.

One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was the magnificent Temple of Artemis in Ephesus which was constructed in 800 BCE. Unfortunately, the temple was initially destroyed during a war three hundred years later. The temple was rebuilt, only to be burned down by a crazed pyromaniac who thought burning the temple to the ground would get his name written into the history books.