Althaea is Meleager’s mother. After Meleager kills her brothers, she engages in a long internal debate as to where her true allegiance lies—with her son, or with her brothers. She at last decides to avenge her brothers and tosses the fragment of wood (to which Meleager’s life was tied by a curse) on the fire. After Meleager dies and Calydon grieves, Althaea kills herself.
Althaea Character Timeline in Metamorphoses
The timeline below shows where the character Althaea appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 8: Meleager and the Calydonian Boar