St. Ursula – Christian Artemis?
Source document: Religio. 2004, vol. 12, iss. 1, pp. -128
ISSN1210-3640 (print)2336-4475 (online)
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The article deals with comparison between the Artemidian initiation of old Greek religion and the Christian medieval ideal of virginity and life consecrated to the God. The example of that is a figure of St. Ursula which is compared with Artemis in iconography and myth. This example also demonstrates the ancient heritage in the medieval garment. In spite of the fact that both figures are similar, there is very important contribution of Christianity which deeply modify the simple pagan basement. At the end of the article there is also connected the translation of the part of the Legend of St. Ursula by Jacob de Voragine from Legenda Aurea.