The Amazons In Greek Mythology

The Amazons
The Amazons

Introduction

A large group of women that were warlike in all aspects, were called the Amazons. These women were said to be brave and strong with strength and fortitude like no other woman. An Amazon women was raised from a child to fight, therefore they truly knew what they were doing and could protect their people at all costs. Not many people stood a chance against them.

Men

Men weren't well liked by the Amazons. They would only have something to do with them once a year and that was only to populate their kind. There was a near by tribe of men that called themselves the Gargareans. These women would reek havoc on these men. There are a few different stories that they would sometimes enslave the Gargareans, forcing them to do what they wanted, including sexual acts. Of course that would happen once a year. Other stories say that these women would go into their tribe once a year and rape these men.

The children that resulted in these acts were raised to be Amazon Warriors, if they were girls. However if an Amazon women gave birth to a boy they would either kill them or give them to the Gargarians. The female children would get one breast cut off, why they did this I do not know.

Invasion

These female warriors invaded many different regions. They themselves came from the country nown as Caucasus at that time. There well known areas were near the river Thermodon. They invaded Thrace, Asia Minor, the islands of Aegean, Greece, Syria, Arabia. And last but not least they would also invade Egypt and Libia at different times. A queen would lead their people in these invasions, most times they would win. Though in few they did loose.

The Gods

The Amazons worshipped Gods of Greek Mythology. There were two main ones however and they were Ares and Artemis. This is probably because Ares was the God of war and Artemis was in a way a warrior of her own right. She too didn't have anything to do with men.

Were They Real?

Were the Amazons a real race of women or were they just a myth? One known as Strabo believes that they never existed while one called Diodorus believes that the Amazons were a real historical race down to a late time. He believes this because at one point it's said that Alexander the Great was approached by the Amazons and their current queen Thalestris when he was in the area. The queen did so in order to become mothe rby the concueror of Asia.

We ourselves to this day still believe that they are not real. that they are merely a myth of adventure. Personally I would like to think that they did once exist because of their strength and bravery they had.

However ancient sources for example Plutarch Theseus and Pausanias, show that Amazon tombs could be found frequently throughout the ancient Greek world as well as statues of the Amazons which may be evidence they did once exist.

Origins

While I mentioned before where they may have been they were also said to have lived in Pontus, which is now a part of the modern day Turkey. They first formed with the queen Hippolyta. They supposedly were founders of many towns including Smyrna, Ephesus, Sinope and Paphos. They were always far away from most human life, usually keeping to themselves when they were not invading.

Conclusion

As a little girl I would watch television shows, even still today I will, like Hercules and Xena. I loved the whole story of the Amazons, at least what they depicted in their episodes. I wanted to be like them when I grew up, strong and brave.

The Amazons, whether they existed or not, are very interesting. I think that they are a good story to tell girls about, though I would leave out the killing of boy children and their disrespect of men for those aspects of their culture is something that I do not care for. They were still brave and in most cases so stubborn they barely backed down.


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cheaptrick 5 years ago from the bridge of sighs

Amazon girls had their right breast cut off because it would get in the way of drawing a bow[as in battle] string when they grew to become adult warriors.

BTW,how does one go about raping a man[the frightened man would not be...up...to perform]

Nice hub


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Idk it's said that they did however. Women do rape men to this day so maybe the men didn't mind it I don't know. You do bring up a good question there.

And thank you for explaining to me why they would have their breast cut off, it was something I didn't understand.


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

Maybe they were able to coax what they wanted out of the man, despite the fact that he was scared and they "just met a minute ago". Maybe the men were unable to control themselves. Either way, I'm sure it could happen.

I think the Amazons are cool too. Even though they are from Greek culture, maybe the myths were around long before that, or maybe the stories evolved because women in ancient times were soldiers, too.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Loved it! I've always loved learning about the Amazon women. And the thing with their breast being cut off so that they could draw a bow...TOO COOL. Voted up and awesome.


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

stephaniedas, thank you for reading. I'm sure it could happen too, one way or another. It could be that the myths were around long before greek culture. Who knows?

Kitty, glad that you liked it. Thank you for reading as well as voting up.


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Hubbswriter 5 years ago

Xena is amazing. I grew up watching that show, and still do.Pretty cool info on the amazons as well!


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you Hubbswriter. I actually bought one of the seasons on DVD, it's the second one but still better than none. Glad you enjoyed.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

By the way, do you own any amazonite?


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

No I do not though it is on the list of supplies I would like to get


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

I just mentioned it as it is thought to be associated with the Amazon women. :)


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

i could see why it would be


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PADDYBOY60 5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

This was a very interesting hub. Thanks.


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you Paddyboy for reading and I am glad you found it to be interesting.


MercuriusTJ 2 years ago

There are women warriors that lived in the Black Sea area long ago. Their remains can still be found in Georgia (county not the US's state) and Kazetein


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Cresentmoon2007 2 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank u for sharing this. I have already heard about that and am intrigued.


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limpet 2 years ago from London England

I have discovered that the State of California derives it's name from Califia a fabled warrior Queen who legend states ruled in central Asia at some point in time. Apparently the Spanish conquistadors travelling along the Pacific coast encounted some Portuguese sea farers who told the Spanish if they went too far they would have to contend with 7 foot tall Califia and Her Women warriors which we know did not occur but the name stuck.


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Cresentmoon2007 2 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank u for sharing that. I didn't know any of that so I find it intriguing


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limpet 2 years ago from London England

Yes, i only discovered that anecdote after seeing a mural on the wall of a San Francisco hotel lobby but took it to be just romantic d├ęcor until i saw this again at Disney's California Expose (now defunct) and i was curious about Amazons being represented so i found out from a couple of sources both on-line and hard copy what i have recently posted.


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limpet 19 months ago from London England

Another variant on the Amazonian topic is the 'Black Spartans of Dahomey' a former kingdom now called Benin. During the 16th century when Dahomey aspired to conquer there neighbouring tribes their army suffered a monstrous defeat and the king ordered a female army to replace his losses. Warriors were enrolled both voluntary and called to arms and to protect their chastity they numbered among the king's wives. There warriors were organised into units each with a certain expertise, one armed with short swords honed to a razor sharp edge for close quarter fights, then there were the slingers armed with slingshots to soften up the enemy column, then the spear throwers and finally those skilled in setting snares to trap the unwary. Training was harsh and included having to run through barrriers of thorny bushes. With the advent of muskets being introduced these were obtained from traders in exchange for captives taken in battle. Many captives though were executed by decapitation in honour of the king whilst some others were castrated as a humiliation but the bulk of their captives were sent to Aboukir to be sold in the slave market. The warriors meet their glorious end in the later 19th century when they could not stand against modern European army firepower. The last living warrior passed away in 1979.


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limpet 12 months ago from London England

The tribe of warrior women must certainly have been a source of consternation to the ancient Greeks, but as to whether they were real or not. I expect a grain of truth but may have been embellished further to create a male phantasy. In many tribal wars women fought along side their men or urged them on to fight harder. Don't think though that any mature woman would go through having one breast seared off.

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