Atalanta was raised by a she-bear in the woods because her father had abandoned her.
Ugh, I wish I had gotten a boy instead of a girl.
I think that I will raise you as my own, little one.
Wait! Let me bring you home and teach you how to act like a human. Then, with your fleetness of foot, you can go to the athletic games and win all of them.
Atalanta was captured and brought home by a huntsman who also taught her how to act like a human and even brought her to the athletic games, which she won all of the races.
What? I have never met you in my life and I will only marry someone who beats me in a running race. If they fail, they loose their life.
Ah yes, come my amazing daughter, come into my castle with me. Soon, we shall be discussing who you will marry.
Atalanta did NOT want to marry anybody, but her real father said that she had to, so Atalanta made a deal with him.
Melanion, a clever prince, had asked Aphrodite for help to win the race so that he could marry Atalanta, so she gave him 3 golden apples to use during the race to distract Atalanta. When Melanion won, they got married.
Mhm! Thank you!
Aww, of course! I love to see love!
We thank you Aphrodite!
Atalanta and Melanion hunted together and never forgot to honor Aphrodite, but they did not honor Zeus properly so he became angry.
Grr, what about me?! They do not pay the proper respects to me, king of the gods!
I now turn you and Melanion into lions because you do not honor me properly! Let this teach you a lesson.
Because Atalanta and Melanion did not honor Zeus properly, he turned them into Lions as punishment.
We understand and are truly sorry Zeus, king of the gods.