Atalanta, a Huntress and Heroine of Greek Mythology

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Kelly Macquire
published on 27 November 2022

Atalanta is a huntress and heroine in Greek mythology who, after being exposed as an infant because her parents wanted a son and not a daughter, was nursed by a she-bear before being found by hunters. Her name comes from the Greek ‘atalantê’ meaning ‘equal in weight,’ perhaps a nod to her ability to hold her own against male warriors of Greek myth.

Atalanta, unsurprisingly as one of the only female hunters and fighters, is featured in this role in a few myths, with probably the most well-known being the hunt for the Calydonian boar. The Calydonian boar hunt is found in book nine of the epic poem The Iliad by the eighth century BCE poet Homer, and tells of how this huge and hairy wild boar with great white tusks was terrorising the city of Calydon, hence the name of the ‘Calydonian Boar.’



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0:58 Who is Atalanta?
2:32 Atalanta and the Calydonian Boar
4:57 Marriage and Death of Atalanta
7:06 Outro

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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