In Greek mythology, Niobe, queen of Thebes, boasted of her superiority to the goddess Leto because she had fourteen children while Leto had only two. Because she was more beautiful and had more children, Niobe believed herself more deserving of worship than Leto. As punishment for her hubris, the goddess sent her two children, Apollo and Artemis, to kill the Niobids. Using poisoned arrows, Apollo killed Niobe’s seven sons, and Artemis the seven daughters. The grieving mother Niobe eventually turned to stone as she wept for her slain children.