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« Reply #1: March 08, 2011, 10:11:20 pm »

Hi, although I am not a Hellenic Recon, I wanted your suggestions for a project based on Greek texts and plays.

I am doing a project on Artemis for my Greek Tragedy class. I plan on looking at Artemis in contemporary society--how people worship her now, what she represents in our contemporary society (environmental issues, women's independence, what kind of social views she has about single mothers or welfare), based upon Classical data. I also plan on considering the ancient Greek association between Artemis and Egyptian Bastet and her relationship with Hecate and Selene.

The finished project will probably end up being illustration, so I am also wondering about what clothing she would adorn herself with and the significance of it.

If anyone has views, personal experiences, or arguments that they would like to share about her, I would love to hear them. Thanks!

I view Artemis as the goddess of wild nature, the eternally youthful goddess of the moon. She contrasts her brother Apollo as the goddess of wild and untamed nature, while he is the god of civilization and culture. She is related to Hekate and Selene as a deity of the moon, which wasn't an original aspect of her, if I remember correctly. Selene is the titan who personifies the actual moon, while Hekate and Artemis are similar deities syncretized with her, as they are also associated with the moon. Though they are both maiden deities of the hunt and the wild, associated with childbirth and transitions. Artemis' sacred day on the Attic calendar was the 6th day of the waxing crescent moon, while Hekate ruled the dark moon period. Where Artemis is the goddess of childbirth and youth, Hekate stands at the threshold of life into death. Artemis ushers in new life, and Hekate ushers life out, into the realm of the dead.

Artemis also represents the "parthenos", an ancient Greek term for a girl who is not yet married. She is the virgin who of marriageable age, but still untamed and wild. Ancient Greeks viewed women as wild creatures who needed to be tamed through marriage, and Artemis embodied this phase of untamed femaleness. In myth, the Amazons represented what was threatening to the Greek status quo, women who never married, were eternally untamed and never ruled by men, and Artemis was their patroness. Although Artemis represented the unmarried virgin, she was also a goddess of marriage, as the parthenos phase was temporary, and before marriage a girl would dedicate her childhood belongings to this goddess. When she married, she would pass into the patronage of Hera, goddess of married women.
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