Notebook, 1993--


[From: Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]

Demigods and Heros - Achilles - Aegisthus - Agamemnon - Ajax the Locrian - Ajax the Telamonian - Alcestis - Amphiaraos - Amphitrite - Antigone - Atalanta - Belerophon - Cadmus - Clytemnestra - Daedalus - Danae - Dioscuri - Electra - Europa - Eurydice - Ganymede - Hector - Hecuba - Helen - Heracles - Hippolytus - Icarus - Io - Iphigenia - Jason - Leda - Menelaus - Minos - Nestor - Niobe - Odysseus - Oedipus - Orestes - Medea - Orpheus - Paris - Pasiphae - Pelops - Penelope - Perseus - Phaedra - Phaethon - Phrixus - Priam - Telemachus - Theseus - Triptolemus


According to the Boeotian and Arcadian myths, Atalanta had the attributes of Artemis and may have been a local personification of the goddess. She was extremely fond of the hunt, and she slew the centaurs Hyleos and Rhoecus when they attempted to violate her. She took part in the Calydonian boar hunt and defeated all the men. Atalanta was the object of AphroditeÍs hatred because she maintained her virginity and the jealous goddess had insisted that she wed. Atalanta thereupon accepted this command but on the condition that her future husband would outpace her in a foot race. But the losers would be put to death. Many suitors lost their lives until Hippomenes took up the challenge, and thanks to the three golden apples of the Hesperides which he dropped at intervals and which Atalanta stopped to pick up, he defeated her and became her husband. A little time after their marriage, the young couple entered a sanctuary of Zeus or of Demeter where they made love. For profaning the temple the god changed them to lions. [p. 60]

[Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]



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