By Stephanie Lynn Budin

Artemis is a literary, iconographic, and archaeological research of the traditional Greek goddess of the quest, who presided over the transitions and mediations among the wild and the civilized, adolescence and adulthood, lifestyles and demise. starting with a research of the early origins of Artemis and her cult within the Bronze and Archaic a long time, Budin explores the goddess' personality and her function within the lives of her worshippers.

This quantity examines her beginning and youth, her position within the divine relatives, her virginity, and her institutions with these locations the place the wilds develop into the "cities of simply men." the focal point then turns to Artemis’ position within the lives of youngsters and girls, fairly how she is helping them navigate the transition to maturity and, possibly too frequently, demise. Budin is going directly to re-examine a number of the extra harrowing features of Artemis’ mythology, reminiscent of plague and bloodshed, whereas additionally studying a few of her kinder, oft ignored institutions. ultimately, the position of Artemis in the Renaissance and smooth society is addressed, from the on-going fascination with the "breasts" at the statue of Artemis of Ephesos to the Artemisian points of Katniss Everdeen.

Written in an available kind, Artemis is a vital source for college students not just of Greek fable, faith and cult, but additionally these trying to comprehend the lives and roles of ladies and girls in historic Greece, as this goddess presided over their major milestones, from maiden to spouse to mother.

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