|ARTEMIS (AR-ti-mis; Roman name
Diana) was the virgin goddess of the hunt and the Virgin
Goddess of the Moon, She helped women in childbirth but
also brought sudden death with her arrows. She is also
the twin sister of Apollo. The children of Zeus and Leto,
she and Apollo were born on the Island of Delos. Both are
associated with the bow. Apollo is said to use the curved
bow and Artemis uses the silver bow. She is one of only
three who are immune to the enchantments of Aphrodite (the
other two are Hestia and Athene).
She is a friend to mortals, and dances through the countryside in her silver sandals giving her divine protection to the wild beasts, particularly the very young. She rides her silver chariot across the sky and shoots her arrows of silver Moonlight to the earth below.
She, like the other
Olympians, has favorites among the mortals but she could
not protect the fine huntsman, Skamandros, from the spear
of Menelaus at the battle for Troy.