The Mystery of the Amazons, the Terrifying, All-Female Warrior Race

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According to Greek legend, the Amazons were a tribe of hardcore warrior women, aggressive, tough as nails, and lived in the far reaches of the ancient world.

However, it’s possible the Amazons were actually real, and were the women of Scythia, a mysterious region in Eastern Europe that we know little about.

The Amazons were said to have killed off the male children to create their all-female race of killer women.

An Amazon about to kill something.

The Amazons were said to have killed off the male children to create their all-female race of killer women. These women were so hardcore, it’s believed that the name “Amazon” is derived from the Greek word for “without breast” because of their practice of burning or cutting off their right breast to be better suited for using a bow-and-arrow. Yikes.

In addition to the bow, the Amazons were believed to wield axes and ride horses. Their warrior abilities and fighting spirit would come in handy as they faced the Greeks in several battles.

Origins of the Amazons

Ancient Greek writers say that Amazons were the daughters of the god Ares and Harmonia the nymph. The common origin myth is that Hercules was sent on an expedition to retrieve the girdle of the Amazon queen, Hippolyta, which a gift from Ares, her father.

There are different variants of the tale, but in some, Hercules was accompanied by Thesius on the expedition, and Thesius fell in live with one of the Amazon women, named Antiope. The love affair would be a source of tension between the Greeks and the Amazons which led to more encounters between the two groups.

Rumble in ancient Greece

No men allowed

The Amazons were believed to have forbidden men to reside in Amazon territory and the women were not allowed to have sex with men, except occasionally with a neighboring tribe, the Gargareans, to keep the race alive.

So, once a year, the Gargareans and the Amazons would meet up in secret spot in the mountains between them, and they would have sex. The Amazons would keep the girls and the Gargareans would keep the boys.

Scythia

Scythia. Presumably.

It’s said that the Amazons eventually ended up in Scythia, because after being defeated by the Greeks, they were carried away in Greek ships, but they rose up, beat the crap out of the Greek sailors, and took over the ship for themselves.

Not knowing how to sail a boat, they eventually drifted to the shores of Scythia, found some wild horses, and were back to being badass Amazons again.

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