Artemis in Greek Mythology
The goddess Artemis played an fascinating role in Greek mythology and religion, and her symbols are bow and deer. She was known as the "Mistress of Animals" and the protectress of children, nevertheless she was also a huntress and the goddess who could bring death with her arrows. Myths such as the one about Niobe show Artemis as a strong willed and powerful goddess, a female who could punish injustices against the gods with brutal and lethal accuracy.
Leto and Zeus (the ruler of the Greek gods) are the parents of Artemis. Together with her twin brother Apollo she enjoyed the status and benefits of an Olympian. And as an Olympian goddess, Artemis was free to follow her interests, and was often found amusing herself in the forests, accompanied by a band of nymphs.