Sent in thine anger against us for sin done And bloodless altars without wine or fire. Come with bows bent and with emptying of quivers. Maiden most perfect, lady of light, With a noise of winds and many rivers, With a clamour of waters, and with might; Bind on thy sandals, O thou most fleet, Over the splendour and speed of thy feet; For the faint east quickens, the wan west shivers, Round the feet of the day and the feet of the night. Where shall we find her, how shall we sing to her, Fold our hands round her knees, and cling? For the stars and the winds are unto her As raiment, as songs of the harp-player; For the risen stars and the fallen cling to her, And the southwest-wind and the west-wind sing.
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Another large version by Rubens c. Atalanta joined Meleager and many other famous heroes on a hunt for the boar.
Many of the men were angry that a woman was joining them, but Meleager, though married, lusted for Atalanta, and so he persuaded them to include her. Several of the men were killed before Atalanta became the first to hit the boar and draw blood. After Meleager finally killed the boar with his spear, he awarded the hide to Atalanta. In revenge, Meleager killed his uncles. He wanted her to be married, but Atalanta, uninterested in marriage, agreed to marry only if her suitors could outrun her in a footrace.
Those who lost would be killed. King Oeneus agreed, and many young men died in the attempt until Hippomenes , a grandson of Poseidon , came along. The apples were irresistible, so every time Atalanta got ahead of Hippomenes, he rolled an apple ahead of her, and she would run after it. In this way, Hippomenes won the footrace and came to marry Atalanta. In some versions, Atalanta loved Hippomenes and hoped he would win.
Zeus — or his mother, Rhea — turned Atalanta and Hippomenes into lions after they had sex 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 Argo[ edit ] In many versions of the quest for the Golden Fleece , such as that published by Robert Graves in , Atalanta sailed with the Argonauts as the only woman among them. She jumped aboard the ship soon after the expedition set out, invoking the protection of Artemis, to whom she was a virgin priestess. Atalanta returned his love but was prevented by an oracle from consummating their union, being warned that losing her virginity would prove disastrous for her.
A disappointed Meleager joined the Argo, but Atalanta would not let him out of her sight. Apollonius of Rhodes , on the other hand, claims Jason would not allow a woman on the ship because she would cause strife on the otherwise all-male expedition Argonautica 1.
Wrestling[ edit ] Peleus and Atalanta wrestling, black-figured hydria , c. The Bibliotheca also says she wrestled and defeated Peleus at the funeral games for Pelias.
The subject is popular in ancient Greek vase painting. Founded in in Bergamo by local "liceo classico" high school students, football club Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio gets its name from the Greek deity. The club is for this reason also nicknamed "La Dea" the Goddess by its supporters. Handel wrote a opera about the character, Atalanta. In the 20th century, Robert Ashley also wrote an opera, Atalanta Acts of God , with loose allegorical connections to the myth.
Other works based on the myth include a play by Algernon Charles Swinburne , Atalanta in Calydon, written in the style of Greek tragedy in You and Me featuring the footrace only, Hippomenes renamed Young John, no death penalty for the losers, no golden apples, a tie, and a mutual decision that both would explore the world leaving open the question of marriage.
In the late s, Studebaker adopted Atalanta as a symbolic hood ornament for its cars. All of which can be acquired by defeating specific mercenaries. Atalanta and the Arcadian Beast is a novel by Robert J. Harris and Jane Yolen , part of the Young Heroe series. Atalanta is the woman on the far left with the bow; Meleager is just right of her, with the boar spear sticking into the Calydonian Boar. Livres, page Published
ATALANTA IN CALYDON - Algernon Charles Swinburne Poems
Come with bows bent and with emptying of quivers, Maiden most perfect, lady of light, With a noise of winds and many rivers, With a clamour of waters, and with might; Bind on thy sandals, O thou most fleet, Over the splendour and speed of thy feet; For the faint east quickens, the wan west shivers, Round the feet of the day and the feet of the night. Where shall we find her, how shall we sing to her, Fold our hands round her knees, and cling? For the stars and the winds are unto her As raiment, as songs of the harp-player; For the risen stars and the fallen cling to her, And the southwest-wind and the west-wind sing. Before the beginning of years There came to the making of man Time, with a gift of tears; Grief, with a glass that ran; Pleasure, with pain for leaven; Summer, with flowers that fell; Remembrance fallen from heaven, And madness risen from hell; Strength without hands to smite; Love that endures for a breath; Night, the shadow of light, And life, the shadow of death. And the high gods took in hand Fire, and the falling of tears, And a measure of sliding sand From under the feet of the years; And froth and drift of the sea; And dust of the labouring earth; And bodies of things to be In the houses of death and of birth; And wrought with weeping and laughter, And fashioned with loathing and love With life before and after And death beneath and above, For a day and a night and a morrow, That his strength might endure for a span With travail and heavy sorrow, The holy spirit of man.
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