Credit: ©The Royal Society
    Image number: RS.18936

    Artemis, Acteon and Cupid

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    The Royal Society, Publisher
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    An ancient mosaic depicting the fable of Actaeon, discovered by Samuel Carte in Leicester. Actaeon, a figure in Greek mythology, was said to have wronged a certain goddess – referred to by Carte as Venus, but generally accepted to be Artemis [left as viewed] – and subsequently turned into a stag [centre] by the goddess’s son, Cupid [right].

    Illustration to ‘V. Part of a letter from the Reverend Mr. Samuel Carte, Rector of St. Margaret's Parish in Leicester, to Mr. Humfrey Wanley, F. R. S. concerning an ancient tessellated, or mosaic work, at Leicester’ in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol. 27, issue 331(July 1711).

    Samuel Carte (1652–1740), antiquary and Church of England clergyman, was not a Fellow of the Royal Society.
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