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Contributor Contrib.LMS on 1/25/2007
Latinized form of Greek Άκταίων (Aktaion), which is derived from Greek ἀκτὴ (akte), which can mean "headland, foreland, promontory, cape" as well as "coast, shore". In Greek mythology, Actaeon was son of Aristaeus and Autonoe in Boeotia. He was a famous Theban hero, trained by the centaur Chiron, who suffered the fatal wrath of Artemis (or her Roman counterpart Diana).