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Atalanta

  • Profile

    Atalanta was no damsel in distress. Known for being a kick-butt huntress and a super-fast runner, this lady had a habit of ticking off macho men who couldn't stand that a woman was better at typically manly activities. Some of Atalanta's most famous feats were drawing first blood in the hunt for the Calydonian Boar, slaying some unruly centaurs, and voyaging with Jason and the Argonauts on the Quest for the Golden Fleece. Her biggest defeat was losing a foot race to a suitor named Hippomenes, who she had to marry after. Hippomenes totally cheated, though, so maybe we shouldn't count it as a defeat. All in all, Atalanta was one tough chick.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Atalanta

    Nickname

    The huntress, the Atalantanator

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    Elysium

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Huntress
    Princess of Arcadia

    Education

    Artemis' School of Wilderness Survival

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Amazonian Feminist

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Iasus (my jerk-wad dad who abandoned me at birth)
    Kymene (my mom)

    Siblings

    None

    Children

    Parthenopaios (who some say I had with Hippomenes)

    Friends

    Jason and the Argonauts (who I joined in the Quest for the Golden Fleece)
    Meleager (who stood up for me on the Calydonian Boar Hunt)
    Artemis (my goddess of choice)

    Enemies

    Hippomenes (who totally cheated in our foot race that forced me to marry him)
    Plexippus, Toxeus, Iphicles, and Eurypylus (who tried to take the hide of the Calydonian Boar from me)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Married to Hippomenes (unwillingly)

    Interested in

    Nobody

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Buckmasters 
    Xena: Warrior Princess 
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer 

    Quotations

    "My heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill."
    – William Sharp

    "Not even girls want to be girls as long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power."
    – William Moulton Marston

    "A hard headed woman is a thorn in the side of man."
    – from "Hard Headed Woman" by Wanda Jackson

    "R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Find out what it means to me."
    – from "Respect" by Aretha Franklin

    "Don't hide yourself in regret.
    Just love yourself and you're set.
    I'm on the right track baby.
    I was born this way."
    – from "Born this Way" by Lady Gaga

    Books

    The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper  
    The Awakening by Kate Chopin 
    The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston 
    The Call of the Wild by Jack London 
    Antigone by Sophocles 
    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs 
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Lisbeth is no joke.) 
    The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
    The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 
    Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw (I think she must've been descended from me.)

    Music

    Born This Way by Lady Gaga 
    Hunter by Björk 
    It's a Man's World by James Brown 
    Four Women by Nina Simone 
    The Distance by Cake 
    Samson by Regina Spektor 
    Respect by Aretha Franklin 
    Hard Headed Woman by Wanda Jackson 

    Movies

    Brave 
    Mulan 
    Million Dollar Baby 
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 
    Wrestling Women USA! 
    Kill Bill: Vol 1 
    Girlfight 

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Marion Jones
    Big Buck Hunter
    Feminism
    Safaris
    Roller Derby
    WNBA

    Interests

    Wildlife Conservation

    Groups

    Society of Female Warriors
    1,000,000 Hunters United 
    Stars of Track and Field
    Roller Derby Girls
    WNBA 

  • Spotter's Guide

    Atalanta might be a little hard to spot because she's a super-fast runner. A lot of times, she'll just be that blur zipping by in the blink of eye. If you ever catch her sitting still, though, you'll see that she's a handsome woman, usually dressed in hunting clothes. Yeah, she was all about hunting, and used to get a lot of crap for being too "manly." She doesn't give a flip what anybody thinks, though. This lady does exactly what she wants.

    Sex: Female
    Age: Twenties
    Build: Toned
    Complexion: Tan
    Hair Color: Brown or black
    Facial Hair: None
    Scars/marks/tattoos: None
    Jewelry and accessories: None
    Clothing: Hunter's clothes
    Armor: None
    Type of Weapon: Bow and arrows, Spear, Sword

    Typical Companions

    Jason and the Argonauts
    Meleager

    Known Hangouts

    The woods

  • Sightings

    Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

    The Library by Apollodorus

    Read all about Atalanta's wild upbringing, her boar hunting skills, and her bad luck with races in this ancient text.

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Metamorphoses by Ovid

    Big surprise! The myth of Atalanta is included in this collection of poems just like practically every other Greek myth ever.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Atalanta by George Frideric Handel

    Not only can Atalanta hunt and run, she also can belt out a mean aria. Don't believe us? Check out this opera about her and Meleager.

    Dec 20, 1999

    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

    Atalanta shows up as a lady blacksmith with a crush on Hercules in this long-running TV series.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Jason and the Argonauts

    The huntress takes off with Jason on his quest for the Golden Fleece in this TV miniseries.