- a hunter who, for having seen Diana bathing, was changed by her into a stag and was torn to pieces by his own hounds.
Examples from the Web for actaeon
Philibert would yet undergo the fate of Actaeon, and be torn in pieces by his own dog.The Golden Dog
Actaeon (Actae′on) was the son of Aristaeus, a famous huntsman.1000 Mythological Characters Briefly Described
Edward S. Ellis
Actaeon was a brute for wanting to push in where Diana was bathing.The History of Pendennis
William Makepeace Thackeray
What a hunt, Actaeon-like;—which Actaeon de Malseigne happily gains!The French Revolution
Among them was Captain Bate, of the Actaeon, who was killed while about to mount a scaling ladder.How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves
- Greek myth a hunter of Boeotia who, having accidentally seen Artemis bathing, was turned into a stag and torn apart by his own hounds
Word Origin and History for actaeon
in Greek mythology, the name of the hunter who discovered Artemis bathing and was changed by her to a stag and torn to death by his hounds. The name is of unknown origin. Sometimes used figuratively in 17c. for "a cuckold" (because of his "horns").