Calydonian Boar Picture

When the king of Calydon neglected to include Artemis in his annual sacrifice to the gods, she sent a gargantuan boar to ravage the land. The king called upon all of Greece's heroes for help --including the king's own son Meleager, and controversially a huntress named Atalanta-- and after a difficult battle in which several heroes fell, the pig was eventually slain. Its hide was to go to Meleager, as he landed the killing blow, but he offered it to Atalanta, as she struck the first hit (and because he was in love with her). Some of the surviving heroes objected as Atalanta was a woman and soon another battle ensued, in which Meleager killed his own kin. His mother was distraught at the news and burned a cursed brand (wood used in a hearth) that was fated to end Meleager's life when engulfed in flame, and he dropped dead on the spot. In a roundabout way, Artemis still got her revenge as the king lost his son.

The Calydonian Boar himself was the son of the Crommyon Sow, another monstrous pig that caused havoc in ancient Greece.

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