The story of Atalanta

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  • The story of Atalanta
  • This is my first time ever using flash. It's a schoolproject: we had to create an animation about the story of Atalanta. I only took a part of the story and I changed it a little bit. Enjoy!
  • The story of Atalanta:
    King Iasos wanted a son, not a daughter, so when Atalanta was born, he left her on a mountain top to die. A female bear suckled and cared for Atalanta until hunters found and raised her, and she learned to fight and hunt as a bear would. She was later reunited with her father.

    Atalanta, having grown up in the wilderness, became a fierce huntress and was always armed. It is said that she took an oath of virginity to the goddess Artemis. When two centaurs, Rhoikos and Hylaios, tried to rape her, Atalanta killed them.

    She was one of the hunters in the famous hunt for the Calydonian boar and also went with Jason and the Argonauts on the quest for the Golden Fleece.

    When she was eventually discovered by her father, he wanted her to get married, but Atalanta, uninterested in marriage, agreed to marry only if her suitors could outrun her, though fully armed, in a footrace. Many young men died in the attempt until Melanion came along. Melanion asked the goddess Aphrodite for help and she gave him three golden apples to toss as Atalanta caught up, in order to slow her down. Melanion tossed the apples every time Atalanta came near him and in this way came to marry Atalanta. Eventually they had a son Parthenopaios, who was one of the Seven against Thebes. Zeus turned Atalanta and Melanion into lions after they made love 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 Melanion would never be able to remain with one another.

    Source: Wikipedia