Artemis was one of the most widely adored deities in the Ancient Greece. HerRomanequivalent isDiana.Some scholarsbelieve that the name, and indeed the goddess herself, was originally pre-Greek.Homer refers to her asArtemis Agrotera,Potnia Theron: “Artemis of the wildland, Mistress of Animals”.TheArcadiansbelieved she was the daughter ofDemeter. In the classical period ofGreek mythology, Artemis was often described as the daughter ofZeusandLeto, and the twin sister ofApollo. She was the Hellenic goddess of thehunt,wild animals,wilderness,childbirth,virginityand protector of young girls, bringing and relieving disease in women; she often was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows.Thedeerand thecypresswere sacred to her. In later Hellenistic times, she even assumed the ancient role ofEileithyiain aiding childbirth.