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A statue of Atalanta

Atalanta (/ˌætəˈlæntə/; Greek: Ἀταλάντη Atalantē) is person who is in Greek mythology. She was a virgin and was a huntress.[1]

Atalanta was the daughter of Iacus who was an Arcadian princess. Her father King Iasus wanted a son. Atalanta was born and King Iasus left her on a mountaintop to die. On reaching adulthood, Atalanta, after receiving a warning against marriage from the oracle of Apollo at Delphi, swore to remain a virgin goddess and so she became the hunting partner of Artemis, the Greek goddess. Some stories say that a bear raised her. She reunited with her father afterwards.[2]

Like the goddesses Athena and Artemis, Atalanta is a rare strong female figure in Greek literature and she appears frequently in Greek art in scenes showing her renowned hunting and sporting skills.[3]

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  1. "Atalanta". World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2021-11-11.
  2. "ATALANTA (Atalante) - Arcadian Heroine of Greek Mythology". Retrieved 2021-11-11.
  3. "Atlanta". Retrieved 2021-11-11.