The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0222 Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Date: September 6, 2011 4:32:31 AM EDT
Subject: Atalanta's Better Part
Donald Bloom asks if there is any evidence of Atalanta’s being a well-recognized emblem of chastity at the time of AYLI.
In Metamorphoses (Book X), in the middle of his tale of Venus & Adonis (taken to be the source, via Golding, for Shakespeare's long poem), Ovid has Venus describe the myth of Atalanta. In this recital, Atalanta is a beautiful virgin who rejects all suitors, except one who could beat her in a foot race.
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