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Was Artemis a lesbian?

I agree that there isn't evidence that Artemis was exclusively a lesbian, and no myth as far as I know that explicitly states that either, but there is was such an implication. In the Callisto myth, ...
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Was Artemis a lesbian?

Artemis doesn't seek the company of man, that is true. She is the virgin goddess of the hunt, and she usually is escorted by young virgins. Virginity is linked to purity, and Artemis is one of the ...
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Which one was older, Artemis or Apollo?

Most accounts that make the distinction agree that it was Artemis who was born first. From Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. 21: She [Leto] finally reached Delos and gave birth to Artemis, who ...
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Was Artemis a lesbian?

The thing is, the ancient Greeks and Romans simply didn't have categories for "gay" or "lesbian". In modern times, their idea of sexuality is described as "polymorphic perversity", which translates ...
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Why did Apollo trick Artemis into killing Orion?

Most writers ascribe Apollo's trickery to jealousy. This particular version of the Orion myth comes from the poet Istros, as preserved by Hygnius in his De Astronomicon. The original Latin text is as ...
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Why is the virgin goddess Artemis associated with childbirth?

It is commonly accepted that she was born first and assisted with the birth of her brother Apollo. Two quick sources I pulled off of Theoi: "Of the daughters of Koios . . . Leto had relations with ...
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Why is the virgin goddess Artemis associated with childbirth?

The Homeric Hymn to Delian Apollo mentions a goddess of childbirth, Eileithyia, who was delayed by Hera, forcing Artemis to help her mother birth Apollo. (She was his older sister by a minute or two, ...
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Artemis and the Pleiades

The scholiast to Apollonius of Rhodes gives the story with Orion, but nothing about Artemis. The scholiast to Pindar Nemean 2.17-18 also gives the story with Orion (along with a lot of non-...
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Why would an ancient temple be dedicated to both Poseidon and Artemis?

Well, it was a temple that just had two separate reasons to be built. Book. Since Poseidon was involved in Athens-Elusis relationship, and Artemis was the Propylaea(1) of Eleusis, so they made one ...
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Specificness of gods

It's a myth that the gods had compartmentalized domains. You in fact find dozens of gods to pray to for any given thing. If you wanted protection against the seas, you'd actually pray to Ino-Leucothea,...
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Specificness of gods

Hello Artemis19 and welcome to the forum. Hopefully someone can verify the validity or add to my answer, or even correct it! Till then though I have to tell you that you should take the following ...
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Why did Apollo trick Artemis into killing Orion?

Artemis represents the untamed and wild, on the fringe of civilization. Animals are mortal and must die eventually as part of the cycle because humans must eat animals and sometimes animals must eat ...

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