The Calydonian boar was a frightful, big and strong monster sent by Artemis, the goddess of the Hunt, to devastate Calydonia, a place in Central Greece. The greatest heroes of ancient time, with the exception of Heracles, were called to take part in the Calydonian Hunt in order to put an end to this tragedy.
Atalanta, he famous huntress, also took part in the hunt the despite the objections of some heroes who refused to participate in a hunt with a woman. But Meleager, the organizer of the hunt, fell in love with the heroine and wanted to marry her so he persuaded the other heroes to accept.
After six days of hunting, and lots of losses, Atalanta carefully pointed on the back of the animal with her bow and arrows and was the first to wound the boar severely. Meleager quickly came to help and managed to strike the animal deathly with his spear. He then stripped the skin of the animal and offered it to Atalanta as a trophy, who had drawn first blood.
The uncles of Meleager were painfully desirous of Atalanta's advantage and snatched the trophy from the maiden but Meleager, blinded by love and outraged at the wrong done to himself, plunged his sword into the offenders' hearts and killed them both.
When Queen Althea, the mother of Meleager, saw her murdered brothers she got hysterical, screamed and cursed her son to death. Then she turned away her face and threw wood upon the burning pile, burning her son to death.