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The Mighty Amazons

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In Greek Mythology these daughters of Ares were warlike women noted for their courage and pride who lived at the outer limits of the known world, usually known as the city of Themiskyra on the Black Sea and their queen was Hippolyta.

Some of the most well known of these mighty women were Antiope, who during a raid Theseus made her his concubine, Pentheselia, who met Achilles in battle during the Trojan War; and Myrina, Queen of the African Amazons. We can’t forget about the most popular of all Amazons Wonder Woman!

They were believed to have founded the cities and temples of Smyrna, Sinope, Cyme, Gryne, Ephesus, Pitania, Magnesia, Clete, Pygela, Latoreria and Amastris; according to legend, the Amazons also invented the cavalry.

Men were only seen as useful when in order to prevent their tribe from dying out they would visit the Gargareans, a neighbouring tribe. The male children who were the result of these visits were either killed, sent back to their fathers or exposed in the wilderness to fend for themselves; the girls were kept and brought up by their mothers, and trained in agricultural pursuits, hunting, and the art of war.