Symbols The thunderbolt Sometimes seated on a throne Zeus and Kronos

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Artemis and Actaeon

Actaeon was a hunter. In the woods one day he accidentally came upon Artemis and her nymphs bathing. The goddess became angry that a mortal had seen her naked. In revenge she turned Actaeon into a stag. His hunting dogs did not recognise him in his new form, so he was hunted and eventually killed by his own dogs.


This was a festival celebrated each year at Brauron near Athens. An unusual feature of the festival involved young girls aged between 5 and 10. The girls dressed up and acted as bears to appease the goddess.

Ares was the god of war. However, unlike Athena, he was not very cunning in battle. He was not a popular god. In 'The Iliad' Zeus complained that Ares was the most hated of all his children.


  • Armour and helmet.

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