- Classical Mythology. a virgin huntress who promised to marry the man who could win a foot race against her but lost to Hippomenes when she stopped to retrieve three golden apples of Aphrodite that he dropped in her path.
Examples from the Web for atalanta
Atalanta is a young princess, and her father has decreed she must marry whichever man wins a footrace.‘Free to Be…You and Me’ Did Not Emasculate Men
March 11, 2014
But when Atalanta stood ready for the contest, he was amazed by her beauty.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
When Atalanta was born, her father heard of her birth with anger.
Atalanta, daughter of the king of Arcadia, returned sad at heart to her own land.
And, yet again, Atalanta stooped to pick up the apple of gold.
And it wasn't named for Atalanta at all, was it, Hildegarde?Hildegarde's Holiday
Laura E. Richards
- Greek myth a maiden who agreed to marry any man who could defeat her in a running race. She lost to Hippomenes when she paused to pick up three golden apples that he had deliberately dropped
Word Origin and History for atalanta
in Greek mythology the daughter of king Schoeneus, famous for her swiftness, Latin, from Greek Atalante, fem. of atalantos "having the same value (as a man)," from a- "one, together" + talanton "balance, weight, value" (cf. talent).