Meleager is a soldier who leads the charge to kill a ferocious bull that Diana sets loose in Calydon, angry that no one there is worshipping her. Meleager kills the boar, and then angers his fellow soldiers by giving half the credit to a female soldier whom he desires. This upset leads to a duel in which Meleager kills two of his uncles. His mother Althaea, after an internal battle, decides to avenge her brothers and kill her son. Althaea kills him by throwing the fragment of wood on the fire. (Meleager had been cursed as a baby to only live as long as the piece of wood.) Meleager burns to death, and many Calydonians mourn.
Meleager Character Timeline in Metamorphoses
The timeline below shows where the character Meleager appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 8: Meleager and the Calydonian Boar