Atalanta was the princess of Arcadia during the sixth century BCE.
Atalanta was said to have been abandoned by her father, King Iasus, because he wanted a son, and not a daughter. She was then raised by bears and became a fierce hunter, a slayer of centaurs and a Calydonian hero.
After her return to the palace of her father, she started challenging men to race her. If they won the race, she would marry them. However, losing would result in their death.
Kyros of Zarax traveled to the kingdom to challenge her, and Atalanta reluctantly accepted the challenge, as she didn't want him to die. Kyros cheated by using Aphrodite's golden apple to make Atalanta stumble and he eventually won the race.