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Artemis
(3,216 words)

(Ἄρτεμις; Ártemis)

I. Religion

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A. Etymology and Early History

Greek goddess; daughter of Zeus and Leto, twin sister of Apollo. Goddess of transitions -- birth and coming-of-age in both sexes -- of female death, hunting and game, as well as, in the Greek East, city goddess. Identified especially with Cybele and Anahita in Asia Minor and the Near East, and with Diana in Rome. Etruscan representations, where she is called artume(s), preserve her character as a figure borrowed from the Greeks.

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Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH) and Ley, Anne (Xanten), “Artemis”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e202260>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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