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Artemis and Actaeon

Actaeon was a great hunter, who hunted daily in the woods with his fifty hounds.

One day, while Actaeon was on his way to hunt, he stumbled upon the divine maiden Artemis bathing naked in the forest of Orchomenos, surrounded by her nymphs. Amazed at her beautiful body and divine grace, he couldn't help but stare. When Artemis became aware of this intrusion, she became enraged and punished Actaeon by turning him into a deer.

Actaeon became frightened and fled, but his own hunting dogs jumped on him, tore him to pieces and devoured him, thinking he was a real stag.




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