Artemis (Roman equivalent is Diana) is one of the oldest, most complex and interesting forms of the Greek pantheon. The Olympian goddess is the daughter of Zeusand Leto, twin sister of Apollo and queen of the mountains, forests and hunting. She also is the protector of small children and animals. The birth of this peculiar goddess is placed on island Ortygia.
Leto, being pregnant, after terrible hardships and wanderings had fled in this barren rocky island in order to hide and protect themselves from the furious persecution of the lawful wife of Zeus, Hera. There, with the help of all female deities (except Hera’s), Artemis was born and shortly after, her brother Apollo followed.
From the first hours of her birth, Artemis started taking initiatives. Although she was a newborn infant, she helped her exhausted mother to give birth to her second child and has been identified in this way with Ilithyia, the goddess of childbirth.
Artemis was beautiful and brilliant and from very early she had gained the appreciation of other gods. Since the age of three, she had specific requirements relating to the clothing, equipment and the sequence of her most favorite activity, hunting. She was a child who knew what she wanted and was very stable and rigid in her decisions. Zeus admired her for her perseverance and because of her versatility, harbored great affection for her and was satisfying all her desires.
One of the first things Artemis asked as a gift from her father was the eternal purity and virginity.
Being faithful and steady in what she wished and committed to, the maiden goddess never tarnished her ethics or her character. Serious and proud, she maintained her purity, defying any erotic sieges and assaults. Dedicated to hunting and nature, Artemis was unconcerned about the joys of marriage and the pleasures of love. With enforcement and rigor, she demanded innocence and virginity not only of herself but of the Nymphs that surrounded her and also those that honored her with their services.