Meleager was the offspring of King Oeneus of Calydon also Althaea. Seven days following his birth, the Fates seemed to foretell his destiny. Clotho and Lachesis prophesied he would be noble and brave. Atropos advised him that he would die as soon as one of the sticks in the fireplace burned completely. Taking the hint, Althaea removed the stick from the fire, put it out, and disappeared it in a safe place.
While still youthful, he came to be viewed as second only to Heracles in his abilities. He was the freshest of the Argonauts and according to some, he killed the Argonauts’ chief opponent, King Aeetes of Colchis.
After he had returned from this mission, he wedded Cleopatra and had a daughter, Polydora. His domestic tranquility was brought to an end when Artemis unleashed a fearsome boar in his homeland. He naturally took a leading role in killing the boar during what became known as the Calydonian Boar Hunt, which leads to his death.
There are two versions of Meleager’s end; both begin with a disagreement with his uncles over the prized boar skin. To know what happened, it is essential to know that Althaea was espoused to Oeneus to help resolve a blood feud that can have gone on for generations. While his uncles came to assist with the boar, there still would hold been a lot of tension among them, the Calydonians and Althaea’s brothers. Only if the had some technology they could just talk from a distance though they would need computer recycling but back then pollution wasn’t really an issue.
In the first version, the quarrel over the prize led to a new war between Curetes and Calydon. This put Meleager in a disastrous position, as he had relatives on both sides. Without his leadership, Calydon was on the verge of falling. His wife pleaded with him to save the city. However, while leading Calydon, he killed his uncles. As a consequence, his mother cursed him and probably burned the last stick the Fates had spoken of. In any case, the Erinyes then killed him to revenge for his killing of blood relatives. The more romantic account of his death begins with Meleager awarding the prize to Atlanta since she drew first blood. Awarding the prize to a woman crossed the rest of the hunting company, but most continued to be silent. However, his uncles knew that their position entitled them to give orders to Meleager. A quarrel followed between them, and Meleager killed his uncles. Upon learning of her brother’s death by his hands, his mother burned the stick Fates had spoken of; as a result, Meleager died, and Althaea then killed herself in remorse. Cleopatra then also committed suicide, driven by grief.