Hunters and Runners
of classic renown:
ACASTOS, who took part in the famous Calydonian hunt (a wild boar). ACTÆON, the famous huntsman who was transformed by Diana into a stag, because he chanced to see her bathing.
ADONIS, beloved by Venus, slain by a wild boar while hunting.
ADRASTOS, who was saved at the siege of Thebes by the speed of his horse Arion, given him by Hercules.
ATALANTA, who promised to marry the man who could outstrip her in running. CAMILLA, the swiftest-footed of all the companions of Diana.
LADAS, the swiftest-footed of all the runners of Alexander the Great, MELEAGER, who took part in the great Calydonian boar-hunt.
ORION, the great and famous hunter, changed into the Constellation, so conspicuous in November. PHEIDIPPIDES, who ran 135 miles in two days.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894