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(Αταλάντη [Atalántē]; Latin Atalanta)

A. Myth

Two versions of the A. myth are preserved in ancient literature, and these are not always kept strictly separate, but often occur in hybrid forms. A distinction is made between an ‘Arcadian’ and a ‘Boeotian’ version. This distinction dates back to sources of late antiquity (cf. esp. Sch. Theocr. 3,40/42d).

According to the ‘Arcadian’ version, A., daughter of Iasius or Iasus and Clymene, daughter of Minyas, is exposed by her father because he wanted a son.…

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Dewes, Eva, “Atalanta”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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