Atalanta, an independent female16-04-2013 22:22Two separate provinces, Arcadia and Boeotia, claimed the origin of Atalanta, an Amazonian heroine. In the Boeotian version Atalanta was a daughter of Schoineus, son of Athamas, while in the Arcadian was a daughter of Iasos.
When Atalanta was born in Arcadia, her father Iasos ordered that she should be exposed in the wilds because he wanted a male heir alone. After she was abandoned on Mount Parthenion, she was suckled by a wolf or bear till she was saved by some passing hunters who brought her up in the mountains.
When she grew up, she chose to remain up in the mountains, living her life as a virgin huntress with a cave for a home and then took an oath of virginity to the goddess Artemis.
Atalanta was the only woman that joined the hunt of the Calydonian Boar and the first to wound it. Meleagros, the leader of the hunt, was so impressed by her bravery that he awarded her the prize of honor even though he killed the boar himself.
When Atalanta found her father, he insisted that she should settle down and marry. Atalanta tried to escape marriage by forcing her suitors to compete with her in a race at the risk of their lives. She marked out a course for a run race, knocking a stake into the ground half-way and told her suitors to set off from that point, saying that she would chase after them. If anyone could make it to the end he would marry her or if she approached anyone in the race she would kill him with her spear.
Hippomenes was the only suitor who succeeded in the race with the help of goddess Aphrodite. Atalanta got married to Hippomenes and eventually they had a son Parthenopaios, who was one of the Seven against Thebes. Because of Hippomenes failed to thank the goddess for the help she provided, Aphrodite is said to have turned the couple into lions after their marriage.
The statue of Poseidon, made of Parian marble, was found in 1877 on Milos island, along with a statue of his mate, Amphitrite. The larger than life-size statue depicts the god almost nude, wearing a himation covering the lower part of the body. In his raised right hand he will have held the trident. Next to his right leg is a support in the form of a dolphin. Today, the statue is exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens city.
“Brunch” is both a noun, a verb and way of life. It’s not only an opportunity to eat something nice, but also a way to catch up with friends in the middle of the day. In Athens city we love it for both reasons. We have even discovered an easily accessible spot, perfect for the citibreakers to enjoy a full breakfast or a brunch during their travel in the Greek capital.
In recent years, the beloved habit of pancakes has begun to become widespread in Greece as well. Touristorama discovered in Nafplion the place that makes the most delicious pancakes, according to the original American recipe.
Explore the fascinating volcanic island of Santorini the way you want it yourself! Enjoy a unique accommodation experience, with huge doses of privacy and luxury by choosing to stay in Incognito Villa.
Touristorama has been travelling all around Greece and its islands for over a decade. This year, during our trip to Naxos, the biggest of the Cyclades complex, we discovered an interesting spot, perfect for your night out on the island… which is what we do best: finding the best places and then propose you should visit them! Prime is a Scandinavian Bar, located on a privileged position in Chora of Naxos, opposite the port. It’s been operating for 21 years and enjoys a great fame to both foreign and local tourists.
More than just a famous tourist destination, Santorini boasts a romantic scene where you can have some really memorable moments with your partner. The time when the sun sets deep down to the Aegean Sea and the sky gets these amazing orange colors is the best to enjoy a cocktail. One of the best places to do so is the Classico bar restaurant in the capital of Fira.
The statue of Poseidon, made of Parian marble, was found in 1877 on Milos island, along with a statue of his mate, Amphitrite. The larger than life-size statue depicts the god almost nude, wearing a himation...
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