LIKE "ARTEMIS, ATALANTA" HAD VOWED NEVER TO MARRY, AND WOULD RACE ANY MAN WHO HOPED TO WIN HER HAND. SEVERAL SUITORS CHALLENGED "ATALANTA", BUT SHE DEFEATED THEM ALL UNTIL THE ARRIVAL OF "MELANION. " HE LOVED "ATALANTA" AND CALLED UPON APHRODITE WHO GAVE HIM THREE GOLDEN APPLES. DURING THE RACE, WHENEVER "ATALANTA" WOULD GET AHEAD OF HIM, "MELANION" WOULD TOSS ONE FORWARD. "ATALANTA" COULD NOT RESIST STOOPING TO PICK IT UP. AND BECAUSE OF THIS, SHE LOST THE RACE.
"MELANION" TOOK HIS NEW WIFE HOME, BUT WITH HIS EXCITEMENT, HE FORGOT ALL ABOUT "APHRODITE" AND THE ROLE SHE HAD PLAYED SO DID NOT PAY HER PROPER THANKS. AND SO, TO PUNISH HIM, "APHRODITE" FILLED HIM WITH DESIRE AND HE LAY WITH "ATALANTA" WHILE IN THE TEMPLE "ZEUS," AND "ZEUS", SEEING THIS PROFANE ACT IN HIS TEMPLE, TURNED THEM INTO LION AND LIONESS.
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