Temple of goddess Diana, Roman forum, Mérida, Spain

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In Roman mythology, Diana (lt. "heavenly" or "divine") was the goddess of the hunt, the moon and birthing, being associated with wild animals and woodland, and having the power to talk to and control animals. She was equated with the Greek goddess Artemis, though she had an independent origin in Italy. Diana was worshipped in ancient Roman religion and is revered in Roman Neopaganism and Stregheria. Dianic Wicca, a largely feminist form of the practice, is named for her. Diana was known to be the virgin goddess of childbirth and women. She was one of the three maiden goddesses, Diana, Minerva and Vesta, who swore never to marry.

Oak groves were especially sacred to her. According to mythology, Diana was born with her twin brother Apollo on the island of Delos, daughter of Jupiter and Latona. Diana made up a triad with two other Roman deities: Egeria the water nymph, her servant and assistant midwife; and Virbius, the woodland god.

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Comments (111)

Lucien Kivit on May 21, 2013

Lunaris , thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

Another beautiful photo.

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Best regards,Nikos1954 from Greece-Piraeus.

Lucien Kivit on June 1, 2013

Nikos1954 , thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

Tomros - Pano on June 4, 2013

Nice piece of history!

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greetings, Tomas

Lucien Kivit on June 5, 2013

Tomas , thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

Thanasis Germanos on June 17, 2013

Beautiful photography. LIKE Greetings Thanasis

Lucien Kivit on June 18, 2013

Thanasis , thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

蒂芙尼.林 on June 21, 2013

wonderful and fabulous shapshot & good composition on colour setting YS: 16 + LIKE:53

congratulation and have a nice day for you Lucien

best regards from tiffany Liem

Lucien Kivit on June 22, 2013

Tiffany Liem , thank you for your nice comment, YS and like, greetings Lucien

Anto & Pier on September 6, 2013

Beautiful shot and perspective. Like 55

Greetings from Italia, Anto & Pier

Lucien Kivit on September 7, 2013

Anto & Pier , thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

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  • Uploaded on December 12, 2012
  • Attribution-No Derivative Works
    by Lucien Kivit
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A590 IS
    • Taken on 2011/09/16 10:01:36
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1000)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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