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  1. #1
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    Artemis/Artemisia

    Sorry, but the incorrect description of this name is really vexing me.

    It says Artemis was the Goddess of the Moon - This is incorrect. Although Artemis was often, mistakenly, identified as Selene (the personification and actually Hellenic Goddess of the moon) they are not the same person. Although Artemis, Selene and Hecate were all seen as Lunar Goddesses; Artemis was actually the Hellenic goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth, virginity and protector of young girls, bringing and relieving disease in women. In later Hellenic eras she took over the role of Eileithyia as aiding in childbirth.

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    I've pointed this out before and it hasn't been changed. I think she said that this is a name site and not a historic site or some such. She wasn't rude, just said that her research said one thing and she didn't feel the need to change it from what I remember. It bothers me too.

    Send her an email at pam@nameberry.com she checks her email more frequently than the forum.
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    I thought Artemis was/is considered the Goddess of Moon and Hunt or at least that's what I was taught in school for our Mythology section. If you google it, you get the same answers. She's the goddess of both.

    There's even a book about her: http://www.amazon.com/Artemis-Goddes.../dp/1905297025
    Here's a wiki, though I know that's a not a very trustworthy source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemis

    I couldn't find sources saying otherwise, but I think maybe it might just be a difference of opinion?

    EDIT: Found an article that explains that in "later times" she was called the Goddess of the moon: http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/Artemis.html

    When Apollo was regarded as identical with the sun or Helios, nothing was more natural than that his sister should be regarded as Selene or the moon, and accordingly the Greek Artemis is, at least in later times, the goddess of the moon. Buttmann and Hermann consider this idea of Artemis being the moon as the fundamental one from which all the others are derived. But, at any rate, the idea of Artemis being the goddess of the moon, must be confined to Artemis the sister of Apollo, and is not applicable to the Arcadian, Taurian, or Ephesian Artemis.

    So I think it's a battle of time periods or different races/places?
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    Artemis is the Greek Goddess of hunting, childbirth and fertility. She's associated with Selene and Hecate, but they are not the same. I never look up meanings on nameberry for this exact reason.

    And I've got a master's degree in this stuff from one of the best classics programs in the world, so I'm confident in what I'm talking about .
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    Exactly as Ottilie said. In later times, she was associated with Selene and Hecate. I don't have a masters, but it is my religion so I'm confident too. :P

    I don't have a problem with her listed as being associated with the moon, she just isn't the goddess of the moon. ^_^
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