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Peleus and Atalanta wrestling, black-figured hydria, ca. 550 BC, Staatliche Antikensammlungen (Inv. 596)
Peleus and Atalanta wrestling, black-figured hydria, ca. 550 BC, Staatliche Antikensammlungen (Inv. 596)

Atalanta (Greek:Αταλάντη, meaning "balanced") is a character from ancient Greek mythology. Her father, Schoeneus or Iasius (Iasus, Iasion), wanted a son so badly that when Atalanta was born, he left her in the middle of the woods to die. Artemis sent a female bear to suckle her and eventually a group of hunters raised her. Atalanta may mean: Atalanta, heroine of Greek mythology Atalanta (opera) HMS Atalanta Atalanta B.C., an Italian football club In addition, Martha Atalanta Lumpkin Compton, named after Atalanta, is the direct derivation of Atlanta, Georgia. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 516 pixelsFull resolution (2754 × 1776 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 516 pixelsFull resolution (2754 × 1776 pixel, file size: 2. ... Peleus consigns Achilles to Chirons care, white-ground lekythos by the Edinburgh Painter, ca. ... A hydria is a type of Greek pottery used for carrying water. ... Centuries: 7th century BC - 6th century BC - 5th century BC Decades: 600s BC - 590s BC - 580s BC - 570s BC - 560s BC - 550s BC - 540s BC - 530s BC - 520s BC - 510s BC - 500s BC Events and Trends Carthage conquers Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica 559 BC - King Cambyses I of Anshan dies... The Staatliche Antikensammlungen (State Collections of Antiques) in the Kunstareal of Munich is a museum for the Bavarian states antique collections for Greek, Etruscan and Roman art. ... The bust of Zeus found at Otricoli (Sala Rotonda, Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican) Greek mythology is the body of stories belonging to the Ancient Greeks concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practices. ... In Greek mythology, Schoeneus was the name of several individuals: Schoeneus was a Boeotian king, the son of Athamas and Themisto. ... In Greek mythology, Iasion or Iasus was usually the son of Electra and Zeus and brother of Dardanus. ... The Diana of Versailles, a Roman copy of a sculpture by Leochares (Louvre Museum) In Greek mythology, Artemis (Greek: (nominative) , (genitive) ) was the daughter of Zeus and Leto and the twin sister of Apollo. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Years later a beast called the Calydonian Boar was stalking the land. King Oeneus sent his son Meleager to gather up heroes to hunt the Boar. Among many others, Meleager chose Atalanta, who by now was a young woman and a fierce huntress, with whom he fell in love and she loved him, though she did not show it and continued to refuse marriage offers from him. The Calydonian Hunt shown on a Roman frieze (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford) The Calydonian Boar is one of a genre of chthonic monsters in Greek mythology, each set in a specific locale, which must be overcome by heroes of the Olympian age. ... This article is about the mythological figure, for the Macedonian king see Meleager (king). ...


Atalanta participated in the hunt and struck the first wound, though Meleager killed the boar. Since she had caused the first drop of blood to be shed, Meleager awarded her the hide. According to one account of the hunt, the two centaurs, Hylaeus and Rhaecus, tried to rape Atalanta, but Meleager killed them. Also during the hunt, Eurypylus and Iphicles insulted her, and Meleager killed them also. This article is about the mythological figure, for the Macedonian king see Meleager (king). ... In Greek mythology, the Centaurs (Greek: Κένταυροι) are a race of creatures composed of part human and part horse. ... In Greek mythology, Hylaeus and Rheacus were two centaurs who tried to rape Atalanta. ... In Greek mythology, Rheacus and Hylaeus were two centaurs who tried to rape Atalanta. ... In Greek mythology, Eurypylus (Greek: Εὐρύπυλος) was the name of several different people. ... In Greek mythology, Iphicles referred to three different people: The half-brother of Heracles, being the son of Alcmene and her human husband Amphitryon whereas Heracles was her son by Zeus. ...


Toxeus and Plexippus (Meleager's maternal uncles) grew enraged that the prize was given to a woman. Meleager killed them too in the ensuing argument. In Greek mythology, Toxeus participated in the hunt for the Calydonian Boar. ... In Greek mythology, Plexippus participated in the hunt for the Calydonian Boar. ...


Althaea, Meleager's mother, caused his death in retribution for the death of her two brothers.


The grief-stricken Atalanta sought out her father who claimed her as his offspring and wanted her to get married. Although a very beautiful maiden, Atalanta felt marriage would be a betrayal to Meleager. In order to get her a husband, her father made a deal with Atalanta that she would marry anybody who could beat her in a foot race. Anyone who tried to beat her and failed, however, would be killed. Atalanta agreed, as she could run extremely fast.


She outran many suitors, who were then executed. The suitor Hippomenes (also known as Melanion) knew that he could not win a fair race with Atalanta, but was enthralled by her beauty. Atalanta, too, found him most agreeable both physically and as a person, and so she begged him not to race her (and risk his life), but he could not be dissuaded. Hippomenes then prayed to the goddess Aphrodite for help. The goddess gave him three golden apples (in some variations the fruit was instead quince) and told him to drop them one at a time to distract Atalanta. Sure enough, she stopped running long enough to retrieve each golden apple. It took all three apples and all of his speed, but Hippomenes finally succeeded, winning the race and Atalanta's hand. Some versions hold that she used the apples as an excuse to let him win. Atalanta and Hippomenes, Guido Reni, c. ... In Greek mythology, Hippomenes, also known as Melanion, was the husband of Atalanta. ... For other uses, see Aphrodite (disambiguation). ... // The Golden apple is an element that appears in some countries legends or fairy tales. ... Binomial name Mill. ...


In some versions of the quest for the Golden Fleece, Atalanta sailed with the Argonauts as the only female among them, suffered injury in the battle at Colchis and was healed by Medea. Other authors claim Jason would not allow a woman on the ship. Jason returns with the golden Fleece on an Apulian red-figure calyx krater, ca. ... The Argo, by Lorenzo Costa In Greek mythology, the Argonauts (Ancient Greek: ) were a band of heroes who, in the years before the Trojan War, accompanied Jason to Colchis in his quest for the Golden Fleece. ... In ancient geography, Colchis (sometimes spelled also as Kolchis) (Greek: Κολχίς, kŏl´kĬs; Georgian: კოლხეთი, Kolkheti) was a nearly triangular district in Caucasus. ... Medea by Evelyn De Morgan. ... This article is about the hero from Greek mythology. ...


Atalanta bore (Ares or Meleager) a son: Parthenopeus, who participated in the campaign of the Seven Against Thebes. In Greek mythology, Ares (Ancient Greek: , modern Greek Άρης [pron. ... This article is about the mythological figure, for the Macedonian king see Meleager (king). ... In Greek mythology, Parthenopeus (son of a pierced maidenhead, also Parthenopaeus) was one of the Seven Against Thebes and the son of Atalanta and Hippomenes (or Ares or Meleager). ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: Επτά επί Θήβας The Seven Against Thebes is a mythic narrative that finds its classic statement in the play by Aeschylus (467 BCE) concerning the battle between the Seven led by Polynices and the army of Thebes headed by Eteocles and his supporters, traditional Theban...


Zeus (or Cybele or Rhea) turned Atalanta and Hippomenes into lions after they made love together in one of his temples. Other accounts say that Aphrodite changed them into lions because they did not give her proper honor. The belief at the time was that lions could not mate with their own species, only with leopards, thus Atalanta and Hippomenes would never be able to remain with one another. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia Phidias created the 12-m (40-ft) tall statue of Zeus at Olympia about 435 BC. The statue was perhaps the most famous sculpture in Ancient Greece, imagined here in a 16th century engraving Zeus (in Greek: nominative: Zeús, genitive: Diós), is... Cybele with her attributes. ... Rhea (or Ria meaning she who flows) was the Titaness daughter of Uranus and of Gaia. ... For other uses, see Lion (disambiguation). ...

Cory Everson as Atalanta from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

Handel wrote an opera about the character, Atalanta. Image File history File links Atalanta. ... Image File history File links Atalanta. ... Cory Everson (born January 4, 1959) is an American female bodybuilder and actress. ... Hercules: The Legendary Journeys was a television series produced from 1995 to 1999, very loosely based on the tales of the classical culture hero Hercules. ... George Frideric Handel (German Georg Friedrich Händel), (February 23, 1685 – April 14, 1759) was a German-born British Baroque music composer. ... Opera in Three Acts by Handel composed in 1736. ...


External links

  • Rubens's "Atalanta and Meleager" in the Lady Lever Art Gallery
  • In the animated television series Class of the Titans, the character Atlanta is descended from Atalanta and has her super speed and hunting skills.
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Atalanta (627 words)
Whoever Atalanta's father was, he wanted a boy so bad that when Atalanta was born, he exposed her on a hill were she was suckled by a she bear, sent by Artemis, until a group of hunters found her and raised her to womanhood.
Atalanta is best known for participation in male activities while at the same time having an aura of sexuality surrounding her.
Atalanta was even wounded in a battle with the Colchians and was healed by Medea, who was also on the voyage.
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