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MOON MYTHS.



[Sidenote: Diana, Io, and Circe.]

In the moon myths the most important personification is first Diana,
the horned huntress, "for to the ancients the moon was not a lifeless
ball of stones and clods." Diana, like Apollo, her twin brother, was
also a child of the sky (Jupiter) and of night (Latona), and, like
him, was born in the "bright land" (Delos). She also possessed bright
and unerring arrows, and in the course of her nightly journey she
looked lovingly down upon the sleeping face of the setting sun
(Endymion).

Io and Circe, already mentioned, are also personifications of the
moon, and Io's wanderings represent its journeys across the sky.