A-Z: General definitions: Atalanta


A figure from Greek mythology who refused to marry anyone who was unable to outrun her in a race.  She ensured her victory in these races by killing with a spear anyone whom she could not overtake.  Hippomenes managed to win by distracting her with three golden apples supplied by Aphrodite, goddess of love.  But the newlywed couple displeased the goddess and she turned them into lions. Atalanta is frequently represented as an athlete and/or a huntress.

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