Atalanta was a famous huntress and runner from Arcadia, in the Peloponnese, and the only woman who sailed with Jason the Argonauts.
When Atalanta was born, her father, desiring male children, exposed her on Mount Parthenion, in the Peloponnesus, near the entrance of a cave, to be devoured by the beasts.
Artemis, however, the goddess of the hunt, took pity on the little girl, and sent a she-bear to suckle the child, until one day she was discovered by a party of hunters, who took her to themselves. Close to them Atalanta learned all the secrets of the hunt.
When Atalanta reached adulthood, she still retained her virginity and was afraid of marriage. So she spent her days hunting in the wilderness. Once the terrible Centaurs Rhoicos and Hylaios tried to rape her, but Atalanta shot them down with her arrows and killed them.
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