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In Greek mythology, Actaeon was the son of Aristaeus and Autonoe, and the grandson of Cadmus, the first king of Thebes.

He was bred to be a hunter by Chiron. When he was hunting in the valley of Gargaphia, he accidentally entered a grotto where Artemis was bathing with her nymphs. The enraged goddess transformed Actaeon into a stag and he was chased and devoured by his own hunting dogs.


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  • Ovid. Metamorphoses.