Actaeon, changed to a stag, first hears his own hounds and flees.
"But as I gazed, and careless turned and passed
Through the thick wood, forgetting what had been,
And thinking thoughts no longer, swift there came
A mortal terror; voices that I knew.
My own hounds' bayings that I loved before,
As with them often o'er the purple hills
I chased the flying hart from slope to slope,
Before the slow sun climbed the eastern peaks,
Until the swift sun smote the western plain;
Whom often I had cheered by voice and glance,
Whom often I had checked with hand and thong;
Grim followers, like the passions, firing me,
True servants, like the strong nerves, urging me
On many a fruitless chase, to find and take
Some too swift-fleeting beauty, faithful feet
And tongues, obedient always: these I knew
Clothed with a new-born force and vaster grown,
And stronger than their master; and I thought,
What if they tore me with their jaws, nor knew
That once I ruled them, brute pursuing brute,
And I the quarry?
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The Story of of Cadmus When now Agenor had his daughter lost, ..
Diana features in many Roman myths as the Greek goddess of hunting, birthing and the moon. It is said that she is the daughter of Jupiter and Latona and twin of Apollo, the Roman god of the Sun. She is a feisty goddess, both the protector and hunter of wild animals. Along with Minerva (goddess of poetry, wisdom and medicine and the equivalent to the Greek goddess Athens) and Vesta (goddess of the home and family, the Roman equivalent to the Greek goddess Hestia), Diana swore never to marry.
The Death of Actaeon - Wikipedia
Then all the throng
Leapt swift upon me and tore me as I lay,
And left me man again."
In Shelley's poem Adonais is the following allusion to the story
"Midst others of less note came one frail form,
A phantom among men; companionless
As the last cloud of an expiring storm,
Whose thunder is its knell; he, as I guess,
Had gazed on Nature's naked loveliness,
Actaeon-like, and now he fled astray
With feeble steps o'er the world's wilderness;
And his own Thoughts, along that rugged way,
Pursued like raging hounds their father and their prey."
Adonais, stanza 31.
The allusion is probably to Shelley himself.
LATONA AND THE RUSTICS
Some thought the goddess in this instance more severe than was
just, while others praised her conduct as strictly consistent
with her virgin dignity.
Conquest - The Story of Actaeon and Diana - YouTube
As usual, the recent event brought
older ones to mind, and one of the bystanders told this story.
"Some countrymen of Lycia once insulted the goddess Latona, but
not with impunity.
The Myth of Diana and Actaeon| kingsnews
, one of your grandsons, was your first reason for grief, in all your happiness, . Strange horns appeared on his forehead, and his hunting dogs sated themselves on the blood of their master. But if you look carefully, you will find that it was the fault of chance and not wickedness: what wickedness is there in error? It happened on a mountain, stained with the blood of many creatures, and midday had contracted every shadow and the sun was equidistant from either end of his journey. Then Actaeon, the young , with a quiet expression, spoke to his companions in the hunt as they wandered through the solitary wilds ‘Friends, our spears and nets are drenched with the blood of our victims, and the day has been fortunate enough. When in her golden chariot brings another day we will resume our purpose. Now is also between the limits of his task, and is splitting open the earth with his heat. Finish your present task and carry home the netted meshes’ The men obeyed his order and left off their labour.
Chapter 10. On the Death of Actaeon, pp. 263–265
Their backs are green, their disproportioned bellies
white, and in short they are now frogs, and dwell in the slimy
This story explains the allusion in one of Milton's sonnets, "On
the detraction which followed upon his writing certain
"I did but prompt the age to quit their clogs
By the known laws of ancient liberty,.
When straight a barbarous noise environs me
Of owls and cuckoos, asses, apes and dogs.
As when those hinds that were transformed to frogs
Railed at Latona's twin-born progeny,
Which after held the sun and moon in fee."
The persecution which Latona experienced from Juno is alluded to
in the story.
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They were all around him, rending and
tearing; and it was not till they had torn his life out that the
anger of Diana was satisfied.
In the "Epic of Hades" there is a description of Actaeon and his
change of form.