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date: 03 October 2022



  • Madeleine Jost


Callisto, ‘very beautiful’, a mythical Arcadian princess or *nymph. (See arcadia.) She was daughter of *Lycaon, and a companion of *Artemis in the chase. Loved by *Zeus, she gave birth to *Arcas and was changed by Zeus (or Artemis or *Hera) into a bear. In some versions she was shot with an arrow and killed by Artemis, while in others she was changed into a *constellation (the Great Bear) by Zeus. Despite her links with Artemis Calliste, Callisto is not a divine hypostasis. She makes several appearances in the visual arts.


  • Greek Myth and Religion

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