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Difference Between Greek goddess Artemis and Roman goddess Diana

Greek goddess Artemis vs Roman goddess Diana

Greek goddess Artemis and Roman goddess Diana are goddesses of the hunt and Moon. These two gods have many similarities in between them. Diana is considered equal to Artemis and vice versa.

As per the Roman mythology, Diana is considered the goddess of the wild or of the hunt. She was closely related to the forest and the animals. She is also considered a virgin goddess who protected women and virgins. Diana was one among the three goddess, which includes Vesta and Minerva, who had sworn not to get married.

The mythology says that Diana was born on Delos Island along with Apollo, her twin brother. She is the daughter of Latona and Jupiter.

Artemis is the Greek goddess of the wild, hunt, wilderbness, animals, virginity, childbirth and young girls. She is often portrayed as a huntress with bow and arrows.  According to the Greek mythology, Artemis was born to Leto and Zeus.

Diana has been related to the word divios, meaning sky. The name Artemis was related to artemes meaning safe or artomos meaning butcher.

The famous cults of Artemis were in Delos Island, Attica and Sparta. Diana had her famous cult in Aricia.

Both Diana and Artemis are portrayed in the same manner. They are portrayed as young women. When depicting as the goddess of hunting, both Diana and Artemis were seen in short dress holding bow and a quiver on shoulder. They are also shown with a hunting dog or a deer. When portrayed as the Moon Goddess, both the goddesses are portrayed in a veil covering the face.

Summary

  1. As per the Roman mythology, Diana is considered the goddess of the wild or of the hunt. She was closely related to the forest and the animals. She is also considered a virgin goddess who protected women and virgins.
  2. Artemis is the Greek goddess of the wild, hunt, wilderbness, animals, virginity, childbirth and young girls.
  3. The mythology says that Diana was born on Delos Island along with Apollo, her twin brother. She is the daughter of Latona and Jupiter.
  4. According to the Greek mythology, Artemis was born to Leto and Zeus.
  5. The famous cults of Artemis were in Delos island, Attica and Sparta. Diana had her famous cult in Aricia.
  6. The word Diana has been related to the word divios, meaning sky. The name Atemis was related to artemes meaning safe or artomos meaning butcher.

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  1. It was in Greek mythology where Artemis was born with her twin brother Apollo, and in Roman mythology Apollo was referred to as Phoebus or Apollo. So that is another similarity that they had, not a difference.

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