Άρτεμιζ – Artemis

Artemis

“Artemis placed Orion’s body among the stars as a tribute of the friendship they once shared.

A reminder to all mortals that men and women enjoy friendships of every variety.

The scorpion she killed and set in also in the sky, behind Orion, is a warning to everyone under heaven of the treachery of those who are false to their lovers, and to themselves”

[Callimachus 183-187]

[ll. 1-20] I sing of Artemis, whose shafts are of gold, who
cheers on the hounds, the pure maiden, shooter of stags, who
delights in archery, own sister to Apollo with the golden sword.

Over the shadowy hills and windy peaks she draws her golden bow,
rejoicing in the chase, and sends out grievous shafts.  The tops
of the high mountains tremble and the tangled wood echoes
awesomely with the outcry of beasts: earthquakes and the sea also
where fishes shoal.  But the goddess with a bold heart turns
every way destroying the race of wild beasts: and when she is
satisfied and has cheered her heart, this huntress who delights
in arrows slackens her supple bow and goes to the great house of
her dear brother Phoebus Apollo, to the rich land of Delphi,
there to order the lovely dance of the Muses and Graces.

There she hangs up her curved bow and her arrows, and heads and leads
the dances, gracefully arrayed, while all they utter their
heavenly voice, singing how neat-ankled Leto bare children
supreme among the immortals both in thought and in deed.

(ll. 21-22) Hail to you, children of Zeus and rich-haired Leto!
And now I will remember you and another song also.

Crete, 20th June 2015. The day I chose to be myself.

 

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