Actaeon


Actaeon
/ak tee"euhn/, n. Class. Myth.
a hunter who, for having seen Diana bathing, was changed by her into a stag and was torn to pieces by his own hounds.

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▪ Greek hero
      in Greek mythology, son of the minor god Aristaeus and Autonoë (daughter of Cadmus, the founder of Thebes in Boeotia); he was a Boeotian hero and hunter. According to Ovid's Metamorphoses, Actaeon accidentally saw Artemis (goddess of wild animals, vegetation, and childbirth) while she was bathing on Mount Cithaeron; for this reason he was changed by her into a stag and was pursued and killed by his own 50 hounds. In another version, he offended Artemis by boasting that his skill as a hunter surpassed hers.

      The story was well-known in antiquity, and several of the tragic poets presented it on the stage (e.g., Aeschylus in his lost Toxotides, “The Female Archers”). Actaeon was worshiped in Plataea and Orchomenus.

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  • Actaeon — Actaeon,   griechischer Mythos: Aktaion …   Universal-Lexikon

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