The Myth of Artemis

The Myth of Artemis

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  • Apollo and Artemis, though different as day and night, were very fond of each other andthey both adored their mother. No one could say a belittling word about gentle Leto withoutarousing the wrath of her twins.
  • There was a queen of Thebes whose name was Niobe. She was beautiful and she wasrich and she was blessed with fourteen children. Zeus himself was her grandfather, and shewas very proud.
  • "Why worship Leto?" she said to her people. "Build me a temple and worship me in herstead. I have seven sons and seven daughters, while she has only one of each."
  • When Apollo and Artemis heard this, they grew very angry. Niobe's disrespect could notgo unpunished.
  • Apollo shot his hard arrows at Niobe's seven sons. Then Artemis let fly her painless shafts at the seven daughters.
  • Quietly, they lay down on their beds and died. Niobe's proud heart was broken. Shewept for so long that the gods at last took pity on her and changed her into an unfeeling rock.Still, inside the rock, a spring welled up and water like tears trickled down the face of the hardstone.
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