Atalanta, goddess of all goddesses.

Thesis Statement

In Edith Hamilton’s “Mythology”, Atalanta is the most significant goddess in Greek Mythology that illustrates an image that is both feminism and bravery.


Atalanta has been hated by many god and goddess in Greek Mythology all of her life. One goddess in particular, Althea, has hated Atalanta since she won the honors of the hunt that her brothers did. Althea, along with her brothers were very jealous and angry at the fact that she won the skin of the hunt. Meleager then killed the two brothers and once Althea found out, she killed Meleager. Terrified at what she has done she hung herself. At the funeral games held in his honor Atalanta appeared among the contestants and in the wrestling match she conquered the young man. After that achievement she discovered who her parents were and went to live with them.


For example, since Atalanta won the honors it caused Althea to gain some harsh feelings for her.


Althea states, “Her beloved brothers had been slain by her son because he made a fool of himself over a shameless hussy who went hunting with men,” (Hamilton 182).


This shows the relationship between Althea and Atalanta. Althea obviously dislikes Atalanta and dislikes the fact that she won the honors. In this, Atalanta still continues to prosper by beating a young man in wrestling at the funeral games. This win caused her to be reconciled with her father.


In conclusion, Atalanta has become a representative of feminism in Greek Mythology. She has proved that women can do just about anything if not better than men. She has also proved that your gender does not determine what you are capable of doing.

Edith Hamilton Mythology

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Works Cited

"Atalanta." BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2014.

Atalanta. Youtube. A. Gogott, 8 Aug. 2008. Web. 14 Nov. 2014.

Hamilton, Edith. Mythology. New York: Edith Hamilton, 1942. Print.