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Actaeon

[ak-tee-uh n] /ækˈti ən/
noun, Classical Mythology
1.
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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Actaeon

/ækˈtiːən; ˈæktɪən/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a hunter of Boeotia who, having accidentally seen Artemis bathing, was turned into a stag and torn apart by his own hounds
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Actaeon

in Greek mythology, the name of the hunter who discovered Artemis bathing and was changed by her to a stag and torn to death by his hounds. The name is of unknown origin. Sometimes used figuratively in 17c. for "a cuckold" (because of his "horns").

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Actaeon

in Greek mythology, son of the minor god Aristaeus and Autonoe (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.

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