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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 64, Lato (Mother of Artemis) Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 64, Lato (Mother of Artemis) Summary and Analysis

The stories of Lato are often attributed to Greece, yet her image is not plentiful in Greek records. Instead, evidence of her reverence is found more readily in Crete, Canaan, Arabia, Sinai, Egypt, Malta and Anatolia. The Anatolian accounts of Lato tell of her ride with the warrior Amazon women. It is believed that her name is derived from the word Lat, which literally means Goddess in Arabia, Syria and Canaan. In Arabia, the image of Lato is also that of the sun. In the Canaanite and Levantine lands she is known as the Holy Mother of the Sea and the Mother of Deities, respectively. The Greeks know her as the mother of Artemis, as well as the sun and the moon. The Greek Hesiod writes of Lato as a Titaness and a...

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