4. Diana

In Roman mythology, Diana (Italian. “heavenly” or “divine”) was the goddess of the Hunting and Moon and Birthing.

She was associated with wild animals and woodland, and had the power to talk to and control animals.

She was equated with the Artemis the Greek Goddess. Diana was known to be the virgin goddess and looked after virgins and women.

She was one of the three maiden goddesses, Diana, Minerva and Vesta, who swore never to marry.

Oak groves were especially sacred to her. According to mythology, Diana was born with her twin brother Apollo on the island of Delos, as the daughter of Jupiter and Latona.

Diana made up a triad with two other Roman deities: the water nymph Egeria , her servant and assistant midwife; and the woodland god Virbius.

Diana often appeared as a young woman, age around 12 to 19. She had a fair face like Aphrodite with a tall body, slim, small hips, and a high forehead.

As a goddess of hunting, she wore a very short tunic so she could hunt and run easily and is often portrayed holding a bow, and carrying a quiver on her shoulder, accompanied by a deer or hunting dog.

Sometimes the hunted creature would also be shown.

As goddess of the moon, however, Diana wore a long robe, sometimes with a veil covering her head. Both as goddess of hunting and goddess of the moon she is frequently portrayed wearing a moon crown.

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