Although most of the myths associated with Artemis come to us from the Greeks, her greatest temple was in Ephesus, in what is now Turkey.
Once one of the Wonders of the Ancient World, it was where she was worshipped as the goddess of fertility.
For years, they were assumed to be multiple breasts; then it was thought that they were bulls' testes; then eggs; nowadays it's generally accepted that, whatever they are, they are intended to be fertility symbols.
Her inherent contradictions intrigue me; she is goddess of animals but also of hunting; goddess of fertility but also a virgin; beautiful and kind-hearted but also very powerful, independent, and mysterious.
The meaning of her name is not clear but it may mean 'Protector'.
Artemis is the goddess of the moon, a virgin, a hunter, and protector of animals, the forest, children, and women in childbirth.
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Turkey, was once one of the Seven Wonders of the World.Artemis represents to me all that is wild, creative, and untamed.She is the goddess not only of hunting, but of wild things and animals, of the moon, and of childbirth and children.According to myth, it was built by the Amazons (legendary female warriors).There is no doubt that the temple was indeed magnificent.