a hunter who, for having seen Diana bathing, was changed by her into a stag and was torn to pieces by his own hounds.
Historical Examples

Actaeon was a brute for wanting to push in where Diana was bathing.
The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray

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 W.H.G. Kingston

Actaeon (Actae′on) was the son of Aristaeus, a famous huntsman.
1000 Mythological Characters Briefly Described Edward S. Ellis

Preller thinks that Actaeon, devoured by his hounds after being changed into a stag, is a symbol of the vernal year.
Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1 Andrew Lang

Philibert would yet undergo the fate of Actaeon, and be torn in pieces by his own dog.
The Golden Dog William Kirby

Actaeon in Greek mythology was a hunter who saw Diana bathing, and was in consequence changed by the goddess into a stag.
La Lgende des Sicles Victor Hugo

What a hunt, Actaeon-like;—which Actaeon de Malseigne happily gains!
The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle

The two first hauled off, but the Actaeon remained, and was ultimately abandoned and burned.
Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston

I only thought of Curtiss as Actaeon being chivied round the billiard tables by the nymphs of Diana.
The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition Rudyard Kipling

To compare small things with great, Diana must have worn something of that look at sight of Actaeon.
The Ink-Stain, Complete Rene Bazin

(Greek myth) a hunter of Boeotia who, having accidentally seen Artemis bathing, was turned into a stag and torn apart by his own hounds

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”).


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