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Atalanta's Better Part

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0222  Tuesday, 6 September 2011

 

From:         Ian Steere < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

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.

 

Ian Steere.  

 

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