Atalanta

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Maffra, Australia

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original image taken with a pentax k-30
edited in PS elements 7
two images placed over each other to make one

An ancient Greek hero might expect a bit of help from a female, whether goddess, witch, or princess/queen, but he wouldn’t ordinarily expect to have to share the glory with a woman. Although goddesses and Amazons might be powerful, ancient Greek women typically weren’t, so it takes a truly exceptional woman to earn a main stage place in the performance of the main heroic events. The other heroes treat her as an equal, although her beauty prevents them from forgetting her gender.
Atalanta, daughter of a king of Arcadia or Boeotia and possibly another exposed baby* (hallmark of “the hero”), was the only woman in the crew of the Argo, which puts her among the Greek heroes from one generation before the Trojan War.

The Argo was the ship in which the Argonauts sailed with Jason to fetch the Golden Fleece from Colchis. The witch princess of Colchis, Medea, provides the information Jason needs to take the fleece, but she is never treated as one of Jason’s merry, competitive band. Atalanta is not included in all lists of Argonauts, but when she is listed, it’s because of her hero-appropriate skill — as a runner, like Achilles

from:http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/grecoromanmy...

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