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Roman Mythology: Diana
Transcript of Roman Mythology: Diana
Theseus is telling Hermia she should pray to the goddess if she refuses to marry Demetrius because her other choice besides death will be to become a nun and live a chaste life like Diana.
The name in Greek mythology Diana goes by is Artemis.
From the Text:
In Act 1, Scene 1 Theseus says to Hermia, "For disobedience to your father's will, or else to wed Demetrius, as he would, or on Diana's altar to protest for aye, austerity and single life" (26).
She was one of three maiden goddesses who swore to never marry. The others were Minerva and Vesta.
As soon as Diana/Artemis was born, she helped her mother deliver her twin brother, Apollo.
Her hunting partner, Actaeon, attacked her. As punishment, she transformed him into a stag and his dogs killed him.
Orion was another of Diana's hunting partners. He was so excited, he wanted to kill every animal. This angered the goddess of the Earth, Gaea, and she sent a giant scorpion after him. After hearing of his death, Diana asked her father Zeus to turn him into a constellation. Zeus turned both Orion and the scorpion into constellations.
Kara, Michael. "Artemis." Artemis. Michael Karas, nd. Web. 06 Feb. 2017. <http://www.greekmythology.com/Olympians/Artemis/artemis.html>.
Diana has the power to talk and communicate with animals.
Her twin brother is Apollo, her father is Zeus.
Worship of Diana is mentioned in the Bible (Acts 19:28).
27There is danger not only that our business will fall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited and her majesty deposed—she who is worshiped by all the province of Asia and the whole world.” 28When the men heard this, they were enraged and began shouting, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29Soon the whole city was in disarray.
Oak groves and deer were sacred to Diana.