"This isn't the most conventional piece of Roman art, but that just makes it more interesting. A buyer would probably pay $28,600,000 for it."



  • Fact 1: In Greek mythology, Artemis was the goddess of the hunt and the moon, and the stag was her sacred animal.
  • Fact 2: The earliest origins of Artemis may be found in an Indo-European cult who worshipped a bear goddess sometimes named Artio.
  • Fact 3: Artemis, and later her Roman counterpart Diana, slowly transformed from a dreaded huntress to a caring midwife. She eventually became known primarily as a goddess of young girls, virgins and childbirth.
  • Fact 4: This statue is likely an allusion to the myth of Actaeon, a great hunter who wronged Artemis and was turned into a stag and hunted as punishment.
  • Fact 5: Artemis was an amalgamation of many earlier goddesses and was known by many names, including Agrotera, Alphaea, Amarynthia, Cynthia, Kourotrophos, Locheia, Lygodesma, and Phoebe.

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