Diana (Mythology) As mentioned above, Diana was the Roman goddess of the hunt and the moon, and an important pagan symbol to the Greeks and Romans for centuries. She was one of the three maiden goddesses (along with Minerva and Vesta) who maintained their virginity and swore never to marry. She is depicted in mythology, poetry and literature as a slim and beautiful goddess, a skillful huntress, and extremely talented with the bow and arrow. One of the most famous stories of Diana (Artemis in Greek mythology) took place during the Trojan War in the 12th century B.C. The epic 10 year Greek battle between Sparta and Troy raged when Paris of Troy took the beautiful Helen from her husband Menelaus, the king of Sparta. As the Greeks gathered their giant fleet of ships in the port of Aulis, the winds suddenly ceased and they could not launch. Apparently, Diana was punishing the Greek commander Agamemnon for killing one of her beloved animals and for bragging that he was a better hunter than she. The only way he could appease her was to sacrifice his own daughter Iphigenia. Agamemnon does as he is told and Diana restores the wind so that the Greeks go on to destroy Troy. It’s another typical mythological tale wherein the gods and goddesses amuse themselves by toying with the mortals like pieces on a chess board.
Brigidine Diana - a song by Sinead O'Connor
Diana - a song by The Misfits
Diana - a song by Nerf Herder
Diana - a song by Paul Anka
Diana - a song by Bryan Adams
Dirty Diana - a song by Michael Jackson
Jack and Diane - a song by John Mellencamp
What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana - a song by Merle Haggard
Diana Wynne Jones: The Fantastic Tradition and Children's Literature (Farah Mendlesohn) - British author Diana Wynne Jones has been writing speculative fiction for children for more than thirty years. A clear influence on more recent writers such as J.K. Rowling, her humorous and exciting stories of wizard's academies, dragons and griffins, many published for children but read by all ages, are also complexly structured and thought provoking critiques of the fantasy tradition. This book will be of interest to Jones's many admirers and to those who study fantasy and children's literature. With the rise in interest in "Harry Potter", there has been an accompanying renaissance of critical interest in Jones's work. This book, however, is the first sustained, single-author study of Jones's work, written by a renowned science fiction critic and historian. In addition to providing an overview of her work, Farah Mendlesohn also examines Jones's important critiques of the fantastic tradition's ideas about childhood and adolescence. Recommended for ages young adult.
Diana, Princess of Wales: Young Royalty (Beatrice Gormley) - Diana Spencer grew up to be the princess of Wales. But when she was a little girl, she did not dream she would become a princess. When she was still quite young, her older sisters went off to boarding school and her parents decided to live apart. This was very difficult for sensitive Diana, and her self-esteem began to suffer. Things were not helped when she began feeling inferior to not only an accomplished older sister, but also her clever younger brother. Diana was a good athlete and was gifted at connecting with other people. Still, she struggled to find her place in the world. Diana thought marrying the Prince of Wales would make everything okay in her life. Joining the royal family did bring her some happiness, but in other ways it brought her tremendous pain. Read about the little girl who struggled to find herself and became one of the most famous and beloved women in history. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Princess Diana (DK Publishing) - Perfect for book reports or casual reading, DK's acclaimed Biography series tackles two of history's most inspiring and colorful figures: Princess Diana and Eleanor Roosevelt. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Diana - Diana, Princess of Wales (royalty); Diana Krall (jazz artist); Diana Ross (singer/entertainer); Diana Damrau (opera singer); Diana Muldaur (actress); Diana Luna (golfer); Diana Lynn (actress); Diana Vishneva (ballerina)
Famous People who Named their Daughter Diana - Earl Spencer (Princess Diana’s father); Veronica Lake (actress)