Atalanta

Greek - Daughter of Iasius by Clymene. Wife of Melanion. Mother of Parthenopaeus by Ares or Meleager, some say. Abandoned by her parents when she was born, Atalanta was raised by a she-bear and grew up as a very fleetfooted maiden. She joined the hunt for the Calydonian boar and shot and killed the centaurs Hylaeus and Rhoecus when they tried to rape her. She wounded the boar so that Meleager was able to get close and kill it. Meleager insisted that she be given the pelt of the boar, a gesture which brought much trouble on his own head. She would marry only the man who could beat her in a foot-race, killing all who tried and failed. Melanion eventually beat her by dropping golden apples, given to him by Aphrodite, in her path, which delayed her as she stopped to pick them up. Some say that she sailed with the Argonauts, the only woman in the crew. She and her husband were changed into lions or leopards by Zeus for defiling his precinct or, in some versions, by Aphrodite for failing to give thanks to the goddess. Some say that after giving birth to Parthenopaeus, her son by Artes, she was taken up to Olympus. In the Boeotian version, Hippomenes takes the place of Melanion. Occasionally referred to as Atalanta, Atalante, Atalante, Atalanta or Atalanta.
Greek - Daughter of Schoeneus. Wife of Hippomenes. This is the Boeotian (rather than the Arcadian) girl, of whom the same story of a contest involving golden apples is told. Referred to as Atalanta, Atalante, Atalante, Atalanta or Atalanta.

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