Roman goddess Diana, twin sister to Apollo, daughter of Jupiter and Latona, and
identified with the Greek goddess Artemis, here stands barefoot, draped in
laurels. With one arm draped over a tall stag, she holds a verdant staff in hand
and has a sword belted to her lithesome waist. Created from cold-cast resin and
hand-painted so as to appear to have been made of bronze, the statue
measures 10.25" high and 6"
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Diana is the Roman goddess of nature, fertility, childbirth, and also a
moon-goddess. She was originally worshipped on the mountain Tifata near
in sacred forests such as Aricia, near Lake Nemi, where she was also called Diana Nemorensis (Diana
of the Woods). There was a festival held in her honor on the 13th of August
(the Ides of August). Her
priest lived in Aricia, and if a man was able to kill him with a bough broken
from a tree in this forest, he would become priest himself. Later she was given
a temple in the working-class area on the Aventine Hill where she was mainly
worshipped by the plebeians and the slaves, of whom she was the patroness.
Slaves could also ask for asylum in her temple. Diana was originally a goddess
of fertility and she was worshipped mainly by women as the giver of fertility
and easy births. Under Greek influence she was equated with Artemis and assumed
many of her aspects. Her name is possibly derived from 'diviana' ("the shining
one"). She is portrayed as a huntress accompanied by a deer. Diana was also the
goddess of the Latin commonwealth.
The goddess of the hunt,
forests, and virginity, Artemis was one of the most widely revered goddesses of
ancient Greece. She was said to have been born first of the divine twins,
immediately aiding her mother in the birth of Apollo, and for this reason she is
often viewed as a goddess of fertility and childbirth. She was one of only three
who were impervious to Aphrodite's power, the other two being Athena and