Atalanta, in Greek mythology, was a renowned and swift-footed huntress, a favorite of goddess Artemis. Abandoned in the wilderness as a baby, a she-bear suckled her to health, and she was later raised by hunters. She swears an oath of virginity to Artemis but is forced to marry when reunited with her father. Her marriage to Melanion is a short one and ends with the pair transformed into lions as a result of laying in a sacred temple of the gods. 

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                                     You’d better not run with me,
                                                                said Atalanta,
                     For I shall be sure to overtake you, and that will be the end of you

                                          We’ll see about that , said Hippomenes.

Now Hippomenes, before coming to try his chance, had talked with Aphrodite, the queen of love … And he was so handsome and gentle and wise that Aphrodite took pity on him, and gave him three golden apples and told him what to do.

MODERN MYTH | Atalanta

When she’s ten she’s a joke. “No girls allowed,” they say. “You hit like a girl,” when she slaps them. She spends her teens at a mechanic shop, at the local boxing gym, then comes back at sixteen. Just shows up at a fight and knifes the rival gang’s leader, just like that, when twenty other guys failed to take him down. She’s got a collection of trophies copied right onto her skin, a souped-up ride to make any guy drool, but even then she’s only a mascot. What she really wants to do is lead. Soon she’s got her own gang, all girls, with their own rides and their own tats and their own knives. And when they’re told to “settle down, get married, leave the fighting to the boys” they just laugh and laugh. (ladymarionmacbeth)


modern aesthetic mythology | atalanta

The goddess Aphrodite was adored and feared by gods and mortals alike; none were immune to her power. Young lovers offered gifts and prayers to her, the goddess of love and beauty, in hopes of receiving her blessings….Content as one of the best athletes in her father’s kingdom, Atalanta rebels against attempts at an arranged marriage. What she doesn’t know is that Aphrodite has given her blessing to a race that will change everything. [x]