took part in the hunt for the Calydonian boar. Her biological father was Iasus
of Arcadia, but she was brought up by a she-bear and hunters after her father
had abandoned her because she was not a boy.
When Atalanta had grown up she looked up her parents, who wanted the girl to marry. Being a very fast runner, Atalanta agreed on the condition that she would marry the man that could outrun her. Anyone who failed would be killed.
After many suitors had died, a man called Hippomenes decided to take part in the race.
Atalanta had fallen in love with the man, and pleaded with him
not to race her, but Hippomenes refused. Aphrodite had given him golden apples,
which he dropped one by one during the race. Atalanta stopped to pick each
apple up, and thus Hippomenes won the race and his bride.
Another version tells us that Atalanta was a young and strong maid who refused all men. She even knew how to protect herself from the wild centaurs. When king Pelias died, she took part in the games at his funeral. The young man Meilanion fell in love with Atalanta, but was ignored by her. He then started following her around everywhere, crying for her love and complaining about her coldness. Aphrodite then took mercy on him, and filled Atalanta with love for Meilanion. The couple had a son, Parthenopaeus, who was to be part of the Seven against Thebes.