Boars

The Calydonian Boar

It was a gigantic boar sent by Artemis to ravage the countryside of Calydon to punish King Oeneus for neglecting her in the offerings of the first fruits to the gods.

The king summoned heroes from throughout Greece to hunt the beast. The famed Calydonian Boar Hunt which ensued was led by the king’s son Meleager, who struck the killing blow. However, the hero awarded the skin to Atalanta as a prize for drawing first blood.

Parents: Crommyon Sow
Killed by: Meleager and Atalanta

The Calydonian Hunt shown on a Roman frieze, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

The Clazomenean Sow

It was a giant winged boar which terrorized the Greek town of Clazomenae in Ionia, Asia Minor.

Parents: Echidna and Typhon
Killed by: Theseus

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The Crommyon Sow

It was a giant boar which terrorized the countryside around the town of Crommyon on the Isthmus. The beast was the man-eating pet of an old crone named Phaea. Both she and the sow were slain by Theseus as he journeyed from Troezen to Athens clearing the highway of assorted bandits and miscreants.

Parents: Echidna and Typhon
Offspring: The Calydonian Boar
Killed by: Theseus

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Theseus fighting against the Crommyonian Sow.

The Erymanthian Boar

It was a gigantic boar which ravaged the farmlands of Psophis in western Arcadia. Heracles was sent to capture it as one of his Twelve Labours. After chasing the boar through the deep winter snows of Mount Erymanthus, he netted it and brought it back alive to Eurystheus. The king, terrified at the sight of the deadly beast, leapt into a buried pithos jar for safety.

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Heracles, Eurystheus and the Erymanthian boar. Side A from an Ancient Greek black-figured amphora, painted by the Antimenes painter, c. 525 BC, from Etruria. Louvre.