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Meleager by giannisk Meleager by giannisk
pencil on paper 43 cm x 58 cm



Meleager, after Skopas (British Museum[1])In Greek mythology, Meleager (Ancient Greek: Μελέαγρος Meléagros) was a hero venerated in his temenos at Calydon in Aetolia. He was already famed as the host of the Calydonian boar hunt in the epic tradition that was reworked by Homer.[2] Meleager was the son of Althaea and the vintner Oeneus and, according to some accounts father of Parthenopeus and Polydora.

When Meleager was born, the Moirae (the Fates) predicted he would only live until a brand, burning in the family hearth, was consumed by fire. Overhearing them, Althaea immediately doused and hid the brand.[3] Meleager married Cleopatra, daughter of Idas. However, in some versions, he had to defeat Atalanta in a footrace, in which he was aided by Athena.

Oeneus sent Meleager to gather up heroes from all over Greece[4] to hunt the Calydonian Boar that had been terrorizing the area, rooting up the vines, Oeneus having omitted Artemis at the festival. In addition to the heroes he required, he chose Atalanta, a fierce huntress, whom he loved.[5] According to one account of the hunt, when Hylaeus and Rhaecus, two centaurs, tried to rape Atalanta, Meleager killed them. Then, Atalanta wounded the boar and Meleager killed it. He awarded her the hide since she had drawn the first drop of blood.

Meleager's brother Toxeus, the "archer",[6] and Plexippus (Althaea's brother) grew enraged that the prize was given to a woman. Meleager killed them in the following argument. He also killed Iphicles and Eurypylus for insulting Atalanta. Since Meleager had killed her two brothers, Althaea placed the brand back upon the fire, consuming him.


Meleager and Atalanta, Jacob Jordaens, first half of 17th century.Tomalso mentioned as one of the Argonauts. In Hades, his is the only shade that does not flee Heracles, who has come after Cerberus. In Bacchylides' Ode V, Meleager is still in his shining armor, so formidable, in Bacchylides' account, that Heracles reaches for his bow to defend himself. Heracles is moved to tears by Meleager's account; Meleager has left his sister[7] Deianira unwedded in his father's house, and entreats Heracles to take her as bride;[8] here Bacchylides breaks off his account of the meeting, without noting that in this way Heracles in the Underworld chooses a disastrous wife.

With his wife Kleopatra, daughter of Idas and Marpessa,[9] he had a daughter, Polydora, who became the bride of Protesilaus, who left her bed on their wedding-night to join the expedition to Troy.

Among the Romans, the heroes assembled by Meleager for the Calydonian hunt provided a theme of multiple nudes in striking action, to be portrayed frieze-like on sarcophagi.

Meleager's story has similarities with the Scandinavian Norna-Gests þáttr.
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imortalised Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
I love the strokes! Soft and defined. Great work! Will load up some of my pencils soon.
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giannisk Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks man. i'm waiting
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Hannekee Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! :heart:
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giannisk Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much and welcome to da!!!!
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Hannekee Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks (:
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adrianagalbani Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice, I always suffered drawing bust haha
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giannisk Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
it's a little bit hard..........
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adrianagalbani Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I know, but you did it very good ,congrats (:
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NyNSeL Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
It's perfect. I love the realism of the sculptures
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giannisk Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much for the favs :rose:
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rodrigo-pontepreta Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Splendid :D! In ancient Greece will live forever.
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giannisk Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much for the fav man!
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rodrigo-pontepreta Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
You're welcome, the work really deserves.
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giannisk Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks again man and welcome to da
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rodrigo-pontepreta Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Thank You, finally I plucked up courage to have one da.
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ElectabuzzIco Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
That's impressive work. I appreciate your illustrations.
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nachotronix Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
your art always looks very clean, congratulations this is great ^^
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giannisk Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much Ignacio. happy new year my friend!!!
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nachotronix Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
no problem, and happy new year!!! ^^
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ThisCandleFlickers Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
There is a lot of wonder looking at this.
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giannisk Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much for the fav gorgeous!!!
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lee100188 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
you draw alot of these dont you mate, a favourite of yours i guess. nice job man. shadeing is brilliant. great great work on the cracks and details
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giannisk Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks man. much appreciated. i wish to you and your loveones merry christmas and happy new year with health and happiness!!!!
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lee100188 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
thanykou my friend, a 2nd year of you saying that :D. all the best to you and all you family and loved ones too. enjoy it man. merry christmas
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giannisk Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
i hope that i will be able to sending you this same wish for many years lee. chears m8!!!!!
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lee100188 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
yes sure thing. thankyou :)
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vbdragonfly Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010   Photographer
That is very nice work :bow: and it is great that you give the history too :iconcocoheartplz:
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giannisk Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you once more for the kind words valerie. merry christmas love!!!!!!
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vbdragonfly Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010   Photographer
Hope you had a Happy Christmas ... :iconnewyearplz:
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giannisk Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
i did valerie i hope you did too!
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SilentPlea Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010   Digital Artist
Wonderful work! and great story too:hug:
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MarjorieCarmona Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Very well done, great job !
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