Talk:Diana (mythology)

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Be bold[edit]

This entry and Artemis need the hands of a team willing to do some bold editing and step on some sensitive toes. Wetman 05:01, 9 Sep 2004 (

Indeed. I'm no expert but I've had a go at a polite rewrite. The Singing Badger 12:52, 9 Sep 2004 (UTC)

I'm new to Wikipedia. I would like to know the original sourch of information on the Goddess Diana.

This is not easy to answer. More than 20 people worked on it, generally speaking each one adding a sentence or changing some bit. Each one must have used a different "source of information" — many must have simply used their own knowledge.
However, if there is a particular bit that look to you fishy, that's much easier. Go through the page history (use the history button at the top) and see when it was added and by whom. Then ask that person. People usually respond very nicely to such requests. You might want to read the relevant policy, verifiability. Gadykozma 17:45, 18 Oct 2004 (UTC)

Huntress[edit]

Isn't Diana refered to as Diana The Huntress? Spyco 22:30, 9 January 2006 (UTC)


Hi. I think the last paragraph beginning with "In Italy the old religion of Stregheria..." needs to be removed entirely as it is certainly an adaptation of Charles Leland's opinions regarding the subject. Perhaps the creation of a Diana(Neo-Pagan_goddess) page would help and prevent any future "tug of wars" such a removal might cause. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 65.78.64.170 (talk) 00:03, 11 September 2008 (UTC)

Unsourced second-hand misinformation removed[edit]

A recent edit substituted unsourced "interpretive" assertions, such as:

  • Oak groves were especially sacred to her. See Nerni.
  • She was praised for her strength, athletic grace, beauty and her hunting skills. These are modern praises.
  • With two other Roman deities she made up a trinity: Egeria the water nymph, her servant and assistant midwife; and Virbius, the woodland god. No such linking in a "trinity".
  • Diana was worshipped in a temple... at the city of Ephesus where stood the Temple of Artemis. For the Lady of Ephesus, see Temple of Artemis.
  • Diana was regarded with great reverence by lower-class citizens and slaves. Such a specific group of votaries would need a classical reference.
  • Slaves could receive asylum in her temples.
  • In Freemasonry, she is considered a symbol of imagination, sensibility, and the creative insanity of poets and artists.
  • Those who believe that prehistoric peoples lived in matriarchal societies consider Diana to have originated in a mother goddess worshipped at that time, This would be Juno or Ceres. Diana is not a "mother goddess" to a minimally educated person.
  • Dianic Wicca

The following flight of fancy was also moved here: Diana appears frequently as a sculptural figure embellishing commercial buildings of the late 19th and early 20th century. In this use she was appropriated as a symbol for commercial activity, which is a perpetual hunt for profit and advantage. (!!) --Wetman (talk) 02:36, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

Etymology: "Bright? Goddess"[edit]

"Bright" has been inserted into the etymological significance of Diana. Is the meaning "bright" actually part of the name? Can we have a reference to a published discussion of the etymology of Diana?--Wetman (talk) 09:51, 9 December 2008 (UTC)

The recent addition to "Etymology" by an IP[edit]

Is really very good, but doesn't fit in that section. Instead of reverting it, can we try and source it? And move it to appropriate sections? --Pstanton (talk) 21:36, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Citations[edit]

I'm a little puzzled as to the standards used to judge which statements require cites and which don't. For example, as I find this article the statement, "[t]oday there is a branch of Wicca named for her, which is characterized by an exclusive focus on the feminine aspect of the Divine" is marked as requiring a cite; whereas a statement that 'Wonder Woman' was named Diana after this goddess is not challenged for a reference.

In response to the challenge on the Wiccan statement, I've simply copied over one of the references to The Witch's Voice (Witchvox) from the Dianic Wicca article. I assume that will suffice - although I don't know whether Witchvox is generally considered a suitable point of reference it is a prominent resource for the Wiccan community and therefore it seems reasonable to use it. - Laterensis (talk) 11:28, 10 May 2009 (UTC)

Bit of vandalism[edit]

Her name was given in the first sentence as "Diana Akopyan". Slight error: according to Google, Diana Akopyan is a dentist in Los Angeles. This bit of vandalism lasted for ten weeks ... Andrew Dalby 09:01, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

antalonian diana[edit]

i have to ask, what would the 'antalonian depiction of diana' look like? it is specified nowhere in the article! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 92.82.230.165 (talk) 10:55, 5 September 2009 (UTC)

Diana, not Artemis[edit]

We have an article on Artemis; it's not very good either, but it exists. This article should be on the Roman cult and myths: One of the chief statements in it should be that Diana was, relatively early, used as the Latin translation of Artemis, and all of the myths of Artemis were told of Diana; but that being said, with a cross-link, we don't need to, and we should not, include any more Greek material. Septentrionalis PMAnderson 17:01, 6 October 2009 (UTC)


Etymology[edit]

Where is the etymology of Diana? Who removed it? Böri (talk) 08:17, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

Site of the original sanctuary[edit]

In the article it is stated that it is in the nemus aricinum, however this is not the original site, that was the town of Alba before the Romans destroyed itAldrasto (talk) 11:24, 31 December 2009 (UTC).

siblings[edit]

how is it possible that it is not mentioned that DIANA's brother is LUCIFER? it IS mentioned that her daughter is ARADIA.

for the nature of this Knowledge, we have little else to cite aside from the Gospel of the Witches - i shall do some research to find more for citation, but it is absolutely right-out fking absurd that LUCIFER is not mentioned here as the LIGHT created as a brother by the darkness DIANA, his sister.

does anyone have any texts which for citation we can use? occultists: this is no time to keep secrets!

Harlequence (talk) 11:54, 11 April 2010 (UTC)

Article In Need Of Major Over-Haul[edit]

This is an article on Diana of Mythology, not the Diana of Wicca or Neopaganism, etc.

The article needs major over haul to rid the free-floating Wiccan and occult depictions of the goddess and perhaps place them within their own category.

To keep the article as it is would be a major embarassment.BoyintheMachine (talk) 21:21, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

Diana is in Chanterbury Tales Too.[edit]

Diana is in Canterbury Tales. She is in the Knight's Tale. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.218.57.98 (talk) 04:31, 22 March 2011 (UTC)

not a diety of chastity[edit]

she is not a goddess of chastity, and the sentence in the article does not have a source. this is an attribute of Artemis, NOT Diana. if there is no objection, I will remove the offending sentence. Stregamama (talk) 16:01, 10 July 2011 (UTC)

Editing[edit]

This article needs rewriting.. Unfortunately I have no access to sufficient material or good thorough surveys. I found a not too recent one by Françoise Hélène Pairault and shall do some work on its basis.Aldrasto11 (talk) 05:08, 23 July 2011 (UTC)

Virgin Goddess?[edit]

Are there soures from antiquity that descrbe her as a virgin? I think that Euripidie's plays refer to her, or maybe it was Artemis...?71.71.87.169 (talk) 16:21, 17 February 2012 (UTC)