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The river god Alpheus was in love with Artemis, but as he realizes that he can do nothing to win her heart, he decides to capture her.

Artemis, who is with her companions at Letrenoi, goes to Alpheus, but, suspicious of his motives, she covers her face with mud so that the river god does not recognize her.

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In another story, Alphaeus tries to rape Artemis' attendant Arethusa.

Artemis pities Arethusa and saves her by transforming Arethusa into a spring in Artemis' temple, Artemis Alphaea in Letrini, where the goddess and her attendant drink.

The myths also differ as to whether Artemis was born first, or Apollo.

Most stories depict Artemis as born first, becoming her mother's midwife upon the birth of her brother Apollo.

According to the Latin version of the story told by the Roman Ovid In some versions of the story of Adonis, who was a late addition to Greek mythology during the Hellenistic period, Artemis sent a wild boar to kill Adonis as punishment for his hubristic boast that he was a better hunter than her.

In other versions, Artemis killed Adonis for revenge.

According to the Homeric Hymn to Artemis the island where Leto gave birth was Ortygia.

In ancient Cretan history Leto was worshipped at Phaistos and, in Cretan mythology, Leto gave birth to Apollo and Artemis on the islands known today as Paximadia. 72 accounts for the island's archaic name Ortygia by asserting that Zeus transformed Leto into a quail (ortux) in order to prevent Hera from finding out about his infidelity, and Kenneth Mc Leish suggested further that in quail form Leto would have given birth with as few birth-pains as a mother quail suffers when it lays an egg.

Apollo, Aeacus, Angelos, Aphrodite, Ares, Athena, Dionysus, Eileithyia, Enyo, Eris, Ersa, Hebe, Helen of Troy, Hephaestus, Heracles, Hermes, Minos, Pandia, Persephone, Perseus, Rhadamanthus, the Graces, the Horae, the Litae, the Muses, the Moirai In the classical period of Greek mythology, Artemis was often described as the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo.

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