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Artemis (Diana)

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    Artemis, Apollo's twin sister, is the goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, wild animals, female fertility, and the moon. She's also a sworn virgin and a fierce protector of young girls. Though Artemis can be kind to us mortals, she does have a temper. Peeping Toms and Romeos beware: this goddess carries a hunting bow and she knows how to use it.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Artemis

    Nickname

    Diana, the Huntress, Arty

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    Mount Olympus

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Goddess of the Hunt, the Wilderness, Wild Animals, Female Fertility, and the Moon

    Education

    Educated by the Wild
    Outward Bound
    NOLS

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Feminists for Zeus

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Zeus (dad) and Leto (mom)

    Siblings

    On mom's side: My twin brother Apollo
    On dad's side: Too many to keep track of. Check out dad's profile.

    Children

    None. Ever.

    Friends

    Nymphs
    Pan
    Hippolytus
    Atalanta

    Enemies

    Niobe
    Actaeon
    Orion
    Aphrodite

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Permanently single

    Interested in

    Currently recruiting virgin female followers

    Favorites

    Quotations

     "Before beginning a hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it."
    – Winnie the Pooh

    "The more boys I meet, the more I love my dog."
    – Carrie Underwood

    "The clearest way to the Universe is through a forest wilderness."
    – John Muir

    "The world has suffered more from the ravages of ill-advised marriages than from virginity."
    – Ambrose Bierce

    "The perils of duck hunting are great – especially for the duck."
    – Walter Cronkite

    "In wilderness is the preservation of the world."
    – Henry David Thoreau

    "My heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill."
    – William Sharp

    "I am not a pretty girl, that is not what I do.
    I ain't no damsel in distress and I don't need to be rescued."
    – Ani DiFranco

    Books

    The Artemis Fowl series (he was named after me) by Eoin Colfer
    The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan (especially Thalia and the Hunters of Artemis)
    Where the Red Fern Grows  by Wilson Rawls
    Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
    Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
    Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (it would be better if Brian were a girl)
    Hunting Illustrated
    Turkey Hunting Tactics
    Full Moon by Andrew Chaikin
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
    As You Like It by William Shakespeare

    Music

    My Bow & Arrow by Ted Nugent
    The More Boys I Meet by Carrie Underwood
    Single by Natasha Bedingfield
    Dancin' in the Moonlight by King Harvest
    Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev
    Hunter and Moon by Bjork
    Woods by Bon Iver
    Moon River the Audrey Hepburn version
    Song About the Moon by Paul Simon
    She Wolf by Shakira

    Movies

    Brave (I already know I'm going to love it)
    Princess Mononoke
    Mulan
    Hannah
    The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course
    The 40 Year Old Virgin
    Bambi
    Avatar
    Grizzly Man
    Planet Earth
    Into the Wild

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Hunting season
    Deer, guinea fowl, bears, boars
    Moon walks
    National parks
    Hunting dogs
    World Wildlife Fund

    Dislikes

    Men, boys
    Peeping Toms
    Romance novels
    Cities

    Interests

    Wilderness preservation
    Archery
    Moon science and the Apollo missions

    Groups

    The Huntresses
    Celestial Bodies
    Archers of Mount Olympus
    Deer Riders
    Skinny Dippers of America
    Sierra Club

    • Spotter's Guide

      If you're looking for Artemis, it's best to search in the woods. Being the goddess of the wilderness, she's way more at home out in the forests than in the palaces of Mount Olympus. Since she's also the goddess of the hunt, you'll usually find her prowling for game with her bow and arrows, a pack of hounds, and a flock of her nymph friends fluttering around her. You have to be really careful if you bump into Artemis and her friends, though. Sometimes they like to skinny dip in woodland pools, and if you accidentally stumble on them while they're naked, you probably won't make it out of the woods alive. Artemis and her followers are all sworn virgins, and they don't deal well with anybody ogling them when they don't have any clothes on. So be warned: Artemis is beautiful and she can be very kind, but just like the wilderness she loves, she's wild at heart.

      Physical Description

      Sex: Female
      Age: Late teens or early twenties
      Build: Muscular
      Complexion: Pale
      Hair Color: Blonde or light brown
      Facial Hair: None
      Scars/Marks/Tattoos: None
      Jewelry and Accessories: A little crown with a crescent moon
      Clothing: Robes
      Armor: Nah
      Type of Weapon: Bow and arrows

      Typical Companions

      • Virginal nymphs
      • Hunting dogs
      • Her twin brother Apollo
      • Pan, another nature god

      Known Hangouts

      • The Woods
      • Hunting Lodges
      • The Moon
    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      The Iliad by Homer

      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.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Hippolytus by Euripides

      Artemis mourns the loss of one of her favorite followers, Hippolytus, in this classic tragedy.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Metamorphoses by Ovid

      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.

      Dec 20, 1387

      The Canterbury Tales: The Knights Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

      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.

      Dec 20, 1595

      A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

      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.

      Dec 20, 1997 - Dec 20, 1999

      Hercules

      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.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

      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.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Clash of the Titans

      The goddess of the hunt makes an appearance in this popcorn flick. Okay, okay, her role is tiny, but you can get a good look at her in this deleted scene.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Gods Behaving Badly

      Artemis is played by Edie Falco, star of Nurse Jackie and The Sopranos, in this star-studded film about Greek gods in NYC.