Her shrine in Aricia was on the shores of the lake Nemi. For that reason, she was named Diana Nemorensis, Diana of the Woods. The rites dedicated to her were particularly brutal.
Human sacrifices were offered to the indigenous goddess. Diana's priest was an escaped slave.
Every new priest had to kill their predecessors to obtain their offices. At Capua, people believed that the preservation of the city depended on the fate of a long-lived hind sacred to the goddess. As the result of the influence of the Greek colonies in southern Italy around the sixth century BC, Diana became identified with the Greek goddess of woodland Artemis acquiring the attributes of this latter. For the Greeks, Artemis was also the personification of the Moon and her twin brother Apollo was associated with the Sun.
Her father and mother were Jupiter and Latona. Diana believed her virgin body was very sacred and not for a male's eyes. One day the hunter, Actaeon, was wandering around and stumbled upon Diana bathing.Diana became so angry; she turned Actaeon into a stag. Now he was unable to speak, and so no one would ever hear about Diana's naked body. Actaeon was then killed by his own hunting dogs. This sculpture is signed by E. Virgin Islands, however, an additional charge may be required.
The item "Statue Sculpture Diane Huntress Art Deco Style Art Nouveau Style Bronze Hot Cast" is in sale since Saturday, September 14, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Reproduction Antiques".
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