In the story of Actaeon he is walking in the forest when he comes across Artemis, in the Greek version and Diana in the Roman version, bathing in a pool of water in a cave with some nymphs. So struck by her beauty Actaeon says and watches her bath for just a moment. Artemis/Diana quickly notices Actaeon watching her.
“At Once, seeing a man, all naked as they were, the nymphs, beating their breasts, filled the whole grove with sudden screams and clustered round Diana to c...
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...nd can be seen this way from her meeting Actaeon and her killing him as well as the high standard of chastity she holds, her willingness to assist all women and her being a one of a kind goddess. All of these things show that Artemis/Diana’s place in the Greco-Roman Parthenon is to represent the powerful, independent woman and her feminine ideals in the Parthenon.
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