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[263] Ut tulit Hippomenes Schoeneïda. Paris, the farther to convince Helen how deeply he was enamoured of her, assures her that there is no hazard which he would not gladly incur for her sake. He proceeds so far as to wish that she might be appointed by the Gods the reward of some dangerous enterprise, that he might shew her how cheerfully he would engage in the boldest attempt, when fired by the hope of so glorious a prize. Upon this he takes occasion to mention several others who had before engaged in the like attempts, that he might represent them as examples of that courage which he was ready to exert. The first instance is that of Hippomenes, the son of Macareus and Merope. He overcame Atalanta in running, by the help of three golden apples he had received from Venus, out of the gardens of the Hesperides. for, when Atalanta was like to get the better of him, he cunningly threw one of these apples in her way; the beauty of which tempted her so far, that she stooped to take them up, and by that delay fell behind. Thus Hippomenes gained the race, and had Atalanta as the reward of his victory.

Schoeneïda. Atalanta was the daughter of Schoenus, king of the island of Scyros.

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