Oenides; Meleager, the son of Oeneus, king of Calydonia, and Althea. Diana, incensed against his father, who in a general sacrifice to the gods had neglected her, sent a prodigious boar to destroy his lands. Meleager hunted the boar, killed him, and presented his head to Atalanta, daughter of Jasius, king of the Argives; which raising a jealousy and indignation in Toxeus and Plexippus, his mother's brothers, he slew them both. Upon this a war arising between the Curates and Calydonians, Meleager, terrified by the imprecations of his mother, would neither drive away the enemy, nor assist his country, though in the most imminent danger. At length, by the prayers and entreaties of Cleopatra his wife, he was prevailed upon to take arms. Phoenix uses the same story in an attempt to convince Achilles, Il. 9.527 ff.
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