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Lord/Lady of the Animals
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[German Version]

This technical expression (also: Master/Mistress of the Animals; borrowed from Hom. Il. 21.470 πóτνια ϑηρων/pótnia thēr ο n, “Mistress of the Animals,” as an epithet for Artemis); in the discussion in classics, it primarily denotes an iconographic type: a deity (flanked by two animals) was employed in older theories of religion as a general term for quite varied types of spirits, gods, and other superhuman beings who were related in some fashion to animals (esp. prey). It denotes both (male, female, or her…

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Rydving, Håkan, “Lord/Lady of the Animals”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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