Hippomenes

Greek - Son of Amphidamas or Megarius. Husband of Atalanta. Father of Parthenopaeus , some say. Hippomenes was given three golden apples by Aphrodite which he dropped in the path of Atalanta during a footrace. When she paused to pick them up, he won the race and, with it, her hand in marriage. Both he and Atalanta were changed into lions by Zeus when they defiled the god's precinct or by Aphrodite for failing to render thanks for her help. That is the Boeotian version; the Arcadian version names the runner as Melanion. Occasionally identified as Hippomenes, Melanion or Melanion.

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