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date: 01 December 2022



  • Madeleine Jost


A mythical heroine, daughter of Schoeneus, *Iasus, or Maenalus. According to *Apollodorus (6) (3. 9. 2) she was exposed at birth and nursed by a bear before being brought up by hunters. When she reached maturity she chose to remain a virgin and to spend her time hunting as a companion of *Artemis (cf. callisto). She killed the centaurs Rhoecus and Hylaeus, who had tried to rape her, she took part in the hunt of the Calydonian boar, where *Meleager (1) fell in love with her, and at the games held in honour of *Pelias she defeated *Peleus in wrestling. Later, when her father wished to give her in marriage, she promised to marry the man who could defeat her in a foot-race. After several young men were defeated and put to death, Hippomenes (or Melanion, or Hippomedon) was victorious in the test, having dropped some golden apples on the track, which Atalanta stopped to pick up (cf. already Hes. frs. 72–6 M–W; Apollod. 3. 9. 2; Hyg. Fab.


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