Artemis, Goddess of the Zeitgeist

Who is this?

Daughter of Zeus and Leto, twin sister of the beautiful Apollo, she was traditionally known as the goddess of hunting and nature, often surrounded by wild animals. Born before her brother, she would help her mother with childbirth, so she became a little-known protector of childbirth — for better or worse — and early childhood. But the ferocious Artemis, known to the Romans as Diana, was much more than that. In particular, it will have the ability to cause… an epidemic. Like the arrow she threw at Niobe’s countless children, according to certain portraits, poisoned arrows at them. reason? Their mother, Neobe, boasted that she had more children than Leto. Light a candle for her, because she too has healing powers.

Why are we talking about it?

A team of Greco-Swiss archaeologists have discovered one of the last great shrines of ancient Greece still buried in Amarinthos on the island of Evia. And, astonishingly, a piece of the aforementioned temple — a tile that fell from the roof with her name inscribed on it — confirms this: From the Bronze Age to the Roman Empire, Artemis was in Respected there. Scientists have a chance to better understand Greek cults. The exhibition at the Palais Lumina in Lausanne allows visitors to discover the works and better understand the goddess. What is his character? What ceremonies were held in his honor?

The vases, jewels and figurines in the collection of the Vadova State Museum of Archaeology and History, although rarely displayed, are similar to those found at Euboea and tell the story of this figure in Greek mythology.

What do other people say about this?

Free, sometimes depicted with her hair tied back, bare feet, one breast bare, and austere, Artemis Diana is often seen as the personification of an independent, even savage woman. Isn’t she the protector of the Amazons, warriors without mercy and without men? Because of her aversion to marriage, she refuses to meet the opposite sex and her nymphs, including the beautiful Callisto, and some even erect her as a lesbian guardian. In several Renaissance paintings, the relationship between the goddess and her favorite partner is often intimate and lascivious. So a complex character, far from being just a sister or a daughter. This deserves an exhibition.

Artémis Amarysia: Search for the Lost Temple until April 4, 2021 at the Palais Lumina, Lausanne Museum of Archaeology and History. Free admission.

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