A war broke out between the Calydonians and Curetes (led by Althaea's brothers) about the disposal of the head and skin, which Meleager awarded as a prize to Atalanta, who had inflicted the first wound; the brothers of Althaea lay in wait for Atalanta and robbed her of the spoils, but were slain by Meleager.
When Althaea heard this, she cursed.
According to a later tradition, not known to Homer, the Moerae appeared to Althaea when Meleager was seven days old, and announced that the child would only live as long as the log blazing on the hearth remained unconsumed.
Althaea thereupon seized the log, extinguished the flames, and hid it in a box.
- I, anther; 2, pollen grain of Hollyhock (Althaea rosea) enlarged.
The most famous of these stories is contained in the Thdttr of Nornagesti, and has a curious resemblance to the Greek legend of Althaea and Meleager.
ALTHAEA, in classical legend, daughter of Thestius, king of Aetolia, wife of Oeneus, king of Calydon, and mother of Meleager.
Hibiscus - Althaea frutex, &c.
His wile was wickeder than the wile of the Trojan horse, than the wile of Althaea or of Scylla.