ARTEMIS was the great Olympian goddess of hunting, wilderness and wild animals. She was also a goddess of childbirth, and the protectress of the girl child up to the age of marriage. Her twin brother Apollon was similarly the protector of the boy child. Together the two gods were also bringers of sudden death and disease--Artemis targetted women and girls, and Apollon men and boys.
Hermes carries Dionysos Ware: Attic Red Figure, White Ground Shape: Krater, kalyx Attr. to the Phiale Painter ca 440 - 435 BC Hermes delivers the infant god Dionysos to the foster care of Seilenos and the Nysiades. The old, white-haired god is seated on a rock. He has an ass's ears and tail, and holds in his hand a thyrsos (pine-cone tipped staff). Of the Nysiades, one holds in her hand the frond of a flowering plant.