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Artemis, Goddess of the Forest, Fertility & Hunting

According to Greek mythology, Artemis is the daughter of Zeus and Leto and the twin sister of Apollo.

One of the most venerated of the gods, Artemis was born at the feet of the Mount Kythnos in the island of Delos.

Homer names her as the goddess of the Forest, mother of Nature, goddess of Moonlight. Also known as the goddess of virginity and fertility, and goddess of hunting -- and she is always depicted holding a bow and arrow.

One story speaks of Artemis, at age three, asking her father Zeus for six wishes: to never marry, to remain a virgin for eternity, to be given a silver bow -- the bow and arrow became her symbol -- so she can roam the forests to hunt wild animals, and for hunting companions of hounds, stags and nymphs.

I will give this embroidery to Queen Sophia of Spain as a souvenir from the exhibition I held during the Athens Olympic Games in 2004.

I have always held fond sentiments toward Queen Sophia since I was a student at Middle School.