Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

Get access

Artemis Ἄρτεμις
(4,486 words)

I. Name

Artemis is the Greek virgin goddess originally of hunting and animal fertility. It occurs as a divine name in Acts 19 (in Jewish literature only Sib. Or. 5, 293–295); moreover one of Paul’s companions had the theophoric name Ἀρτεμᾶς, a hypocoristic derived from Ἀρτεμίδωρος ‘gift of Artemis’ (Titus 3.12). Being the divine huntress, her name, especially its Doric-Aeolian form ʼΆρταμις, has been connected etymologically with Attic ἄρταμος ‘butcher; slaughterer’, or else with ἄρκ(τ)ος ‘b…

Cite this page
G. Mussies, “Artemis Ἄρτεμις”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Artemis>

▲   Back to top   ▲