6th October 2012
Atalanta’s Voyage through the World of Mythology
Atalanta, or how some might call her “Atlanta”, began her journey almost instantly at a rough spot. She was born to Cymene and King Iasus. She came into the world in the undesirable state of being a female. As a result, her father had her carried in the mountains and left to die. Instead, she was raised by a shebear that was looking for her cub. As Atalanta got older, she began to hunt. One time, she hunts a bear on her own but a man name Meleager claims it. She challenges him to wrestle and wins but kills Meleager. This was called the Calydonian Boar Hunt. She continues to hunt more and more, gaining fame. At the funeral games honoring Peleus, Atalanta entered the wrestling contest. Here, she gains more fame by scoring a victory over Peleus. She achieves enough and proves to her father that she is capable. Happily, he takes her back and forgives her for not being a son. Atalanta goes home with him. King Iasus, then, tries to fulfill his fatherly obligations by trying to find a suitor for Atalanta. She doesn’t want to get marry so instead tells her father she wants to put a test to all suitors. The successful suitor would have to beat her in a foot race. Losing suitors would be beheaded by her. As Atalanta was one of the fastest mortals, this appeared to insure her maidenhood. For a long time, this worked. A man name Melanion fell in love with Atalanta. He knew he wasn’t fast enough to win the race so he did what many frustrated lovers have done, he prayed to Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. Aphrodite had a weakness for hopeless lovers and concern for those that reject romance to the degree Atalanta did. She presented him with three golden apples and a plan. In return, Melanion was to sacrifice to Aphrodite. The race was on and he joined Atalanta with the three golden apples. When Atalanta caught up to him, he tossed the first apple t her feet. The sigh of the magic golden...
Cited: Evslin, Bernard. Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths. New York: Four Winds, 2005.
"Greece Myths: The Myth of Atalanta." Greece Myths: Atalanta, an Independent Female. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Oct. 2012. <http://www.greeka.com/greece-myths/atalanta.htm>.
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