Saturday, December 8, 2012

Heracles and the death of the Amazons

 For his ninth labour Heracles received a command to bring back the golden girdle(belt) of Hippolyte, Queen of the Amazons. His quest led him to the city of Themiscyra, home of the Amazons and the palace of Queen Hipplyte.  Therein, he, and his army, demanded the Amazons surrender the girdle to him; but they ignored his commands and so a mighty battle ensued. The general mass of the Amazons were arrayed against the main body of the followers of Hercules, but the most honoured of the women were drawn up opposite Hercules himself, each, in turn, fighting against him in single combat.

The first to challenge him was was Aella, so named because of her swiftness, but she found her opponent more agile than herself. Thus followed, Philippis, Prothoe, Eriboea. Celaeno, Eurybia, Phoebe, Deianeira, Asteria, Marpe, and Tecmessa. The final Amazon to face Hercules in single combat was Alcippe who had taken a vow to remain a maiden, and that vow she kept, but her life she could not preserve. The commander of the Amazons, Melanippe, (sister to Queen Hippolyte) was also greatly admired for her manly courage, but now lost her supremacy. And Heracles, after thus killing the most renowned of the Amazons and forcing the remaining multitude to turn in flight, cut down the greater number of them, so that the race of them was utterly exterminated. As for the captives, he gave Antiope as a gift to Theseus and set Melanippe free, accepting Queen Hippolyte's golden girdle as her ransom.

 Compiled From Sources In The Public Domain.

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