Artemis (Diana) Sightings
- The Iliad by Homer 800BC - 600BC
The famous Greek poet Homer brings the gods into The Iliad, which tells the story of the mythic Trojan War. Most of the gods of Olympus take sides in the human war: Hera, Athena, and Poseidon are rooting for the Greeks, while Aphrodite, Ares, Apollo, and Artemis (all the A names?) fight for the Trojans.
- Hippolytus by Euripides 405BC
Artemis mourns the loss of one of her favorite followers, Hippolytus, in this classic tragedy.
- The Metamorphoses by Ovid 2
The Roman poet Ovid collected all kinds of wild stories about the gods in The Metamorphoses. Here you'll find myths about Diana (a.k.a. Artemis), including the story of how she and Apollo kill Niobe and Niobe's fourteen children, not to mention the of tale of Diana setting Actaeon's dogs on him.
- The Canterbury Tales: The Knights Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer 1387
Artemis makes a cameo as her Roman alter ego Diana in this tale of destructive love. What are the gods doing in a tale about knights in shining armor? Find out here, but also be sure to check out the summary for Part 3, Lines 1351-1624.
- A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare 1595
Shakespeare looooves name-dropping Diana (a.k.a. Artemis), the virgin goddess, in his plays. She seriously pops up everywhere. One of the plays where she appears most, though, is A Midsummer Night's Dream, which uses the moon as a symbol.
- Hercules 1997 - 1999
Along with a ton of other Greek gods, Artemis is a character in Disney's animated series (based on the movie) about Hercules. We've gotta say, this isn't how we picture the goddess of the hunt.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan 2005 - 2009
Artemis shows up to lend a helping hand to Percy and pals in The Titan's Curse and The Last Olympian. A group of immortal girls called the Hunters of Artemis follow her around, including Percy's friend Thalia.
- Clash of the Titans 2010
- Gods Behaving Badly 2012
Artemis is played by Edie Falco, star of Nurse Jackie and The Sopranos, in this star-studded film about Greek gods in NYC.