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The story of Atalanta is given in Edith Hamilton's Mythology: Atalanta's father was bitterly disappointed that she was born a girl, not a boy; so disappointed in fact that he left the baby to die in the wilderness. A she-bear claimed her and cared for her until she was adopted by some kind hunters. She became an excellent hunter herself and joined some of the best hunters in Greece to fight the Calydonian boar, a terrible beast sent by Artemis out of pique because King Oeneus forgot the goddess when it was time to sacrifice the first fruits of the harvest. It was Atalanta's arrow that was the first to wound the boar; the King's son Meleager delivered the death blow. Meleager had fallen in the love the skilled huntress, and he gave her the skin of the boar, since it was her arrow that enabled him to move in for the kill. The story might have ended happily if Meleager hadn't killed his uncles and Meleager's mother hadn't have killed Meleager in her anger and vengeance. (The uncles were angry Meleager gave the skin to Atalanta, Meleager was angry at the uncles, and it all went downhill from there.) Instead, Atalanta returned to the woods and various adventures, including successfully wrestling the young man who would be Achilles' father. Remember him? Of course you don't! See Amphitrite's story. Atalanta did marry, thanks to interference and trickery from Aphrodite, whom she and her daring husband must have offended at some point because they were both turned into lions. Amethyst the gemstone is attributed with alleviating sadness and dissolving negativity, but the color purple is associated with royalty, luxury, power and ambition. I like to think that Atalanta would have understood the benefits of both. The deep purple pendant in this necklace is fashioned by the talented artisans of SilverRocks, and it's paired with a strong but delicate 1mm sterling silver box chain. Cost: $44.00 USD
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