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Classical Mythology. a virgin huntress who promised to marry the man who could win a foot race against her but lost to Hippomenes when she stopped to retrieve three golden apples of Aphrodite that he dropped in her path.
Contemporary Examples

Atalanta is a young princess, and her father has decreed she must marry whichever man wins a footrace.
‘Free to Be…You and Me’ Did Not Emasculate Men Emily Shire March 10, 2014

Historical Examples

What else it was to him,—what the spirits of Atalanta and Matilda could bestow on him, depended on what he was himself.
Val d’Arno John Ruskin

The little coxswain of the Atalanta was the last to step on board.
A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

And it wasn’t named for Atalanta at all, was it, Hildegarde?
Hildegarde’s Holiday Laura E. Richards

As he turned he got a glimpse of the stroke oar of the Atalanta.
A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

That goddess gave him three golden apples, one of which he dropped whenever Atalanta caught up to him in the race.
1000 Mythological Characters Briefly Described Edward S. Ellis

No matter, the old Atalanta story was paid off, at any rate.
A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

At length they came to a broad track that crossed the path they were in, and Atalanta stopped short and pointed to the right.
Children of the Dawn Elsie Finnimore Buckley

When Atalanta was born, her father heard of her birth with anger.
A Book of Myths Jean Lang

But then Atalanta is not a sound incarnation of any ‘social or economic principle’—is she?
The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 2 of 2 Edward Tyas Cook

(Greek myth) a maiden who agreed to marry any man who could defeat her in a running race. She lost to Hippomenes when she paused to pick up three golden apples that he had deliberately dropped

in Greek mythology the daughter of king Schoeneus, famous for her swiftness, Latin, from Greek Atalante, fem. of atalantos “having the same value (as a man),” from a- “one, together” + talanton “balance, weight, value” (cf. talent).


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