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The myth of Atalanta
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Atalanta was abandoned at birth and raised by a she-bear. She became a great hunter, runner, and wrestler. After the famous hunt of the Calydonian boar, where she helped to wound and kill the boar, Atalanta was reunited with her parents. Her father, eager for her to marry, pressured Atalanta to find a husband. Reluctantly, she agreed but only if her suitor could beat her in a foot race. After many tried and failed, Atalanta raced Melanion. Melanion knowing he was not as fast as she, prayed to the goddess Aphrodite for help. Aphrodite gave him three irresistible golden apples to aid him in the winning of the race. Melanion won the race and Atalanta found herself happily married. After forgetting to sacrifice to Aphrodite, Melanion and Atalanta were placed under a spell. The uncontrollable desire to lay together in the shrine, caused them to be turned into lions by the god Zeus.
The turning point of the story was the foot race between Atalanta and Melanion.
She was outstripping him when he rolled one of the apples directly in front of her.
The relationship began when Atalanta's father wanted her to marry. Atalanta, determined to remain a virgin, said she would marry whoever could beat her in a foot race. Melanion, one of many suitors competing for her hand in marriage, accepted the challenge to the foot race.
The author wanted you to believe although Atalanta was physically and mentally strong, she was still tempted by her own desires.
We believe this because she was the strongest physically, but she could not resist taking the golden apples for herself.
Atalanta was the daughter of King Iasus, but also rumored to be the daughter of Mainalos or even Schoeneus. She was an Arcadian princess said to have always been happy. Atalanta was a fierce, swift-footed huntress, who took an oath of virginity to the goddess Artemis.
Melanion, also known as Hippomenes, was the son of Megareus of Onchestus, the Arcadian Amphidamas. He was the clever young man who was able to outsmart and outrun Atalanta.
Atalanta took place during the early seventh century. It is uncertain exactly where Atalanta was born; some say she came from Arcadia, and others say she was from the origin of Boeotia.
Unknown meaning of a sentence
She was outrunning him when he threw one of the apples directly in front of her.
Atalanta's father having her taken to the wild mountainside to die, was the cause of her being raised by a she-bear.
Cause of the Happening
Good or Bad?
We think Atalanta was good because she was a strong person mentally and physically. Mentally she was able to survive in the wilderness after being left there to die, and physically because she was unusually strong.
The funniest and saddest part of the story was when Atalanta proved her father wrong when he thought she was not worth raising. All other parts of this story were full of excitement and adventure.
The moral of the story is to use both your physical and mental strengths and not be held back by someone else's beliefs of your worth or abilities.
Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes.
New York: Grand Central Publishing.1969.Print
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