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The Amazons In Greek Mythology
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.