Artemis was the
Olympian Goddess of the hunt and the wilderness. She existed in harmony
with the forest and all of nature loved her. Her animal form was a
One myth, in which Hercules was commanded to capture the magical deer of
Artemis, tells of her brief fall. In order for Hercules to be fast
enough to capture Artemis he called upon Hermes to lend him his wings.
Artemis' reaction was to try to get even by hunting Hercules. Artemis
became obsessed with capturing and possessing Hercules. She believed she
was in love with Hercules but she had became a predator and was no
longer in harmony with nature. The animals became afraid of Artemis and
as a result the wilderness rejected her along with the other hunters who
had also become predators. Intervention by Hermes made Artemis realise
what she had done and once again she became the Divine huntress.
Numerous other legends relate the grace and beauty of Artemis. She was
desired by many gods and men but she was very protective of her purity
and non won her heart. Some tried to capture her. Grave punishment
awaited those who attempted to dishonour her in any way. At an early
age, as a wish, she was granted eternal virginity by her father Zeus.