Definition of the Amazons
Who were the Amazons of Ancient Greek mythology? The meaning and definition of Amazons are as follows: The Amazons were a mythical race of fierce warrior women, descended from Ares the god of war. According to Greek mythology the Amazons were a nation of women and it was their custom to bring up only the female children. Any sons born to the Amazons were either sent away to the neighboring nations or put to death.
Picture Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons
Information about the Amazons
The nation of Amazon women were believed to have evolved following a rebellion against their male dominated society. As the descendents of Ares, the Greek god of war, they were fierce, proud and powerful women. They were tall, aggressive and strong-willed women. They excluded men from their society and only mated with vanquished foes, to which they had no allegiance. The men they mated with were either killed or used as slaves. The future of any children they bore from such unions were decided by their gender. Girls were raised by the Amazons but any boys were either killed or sent to neighboring nations. Their society was governed by women and the girls were all raised as warriors, highly adept in the use of weapons such as the the spear, bow and arrows, javelins, short swords and slings. The young Amazons were trained in agricultural skills, hunting, and the art of warfare. They carried shields and wore helmets and armor. They were renowned for their equestrian skills, their command of horse was unrivalled. The Amazons rode bareback, using only a simple bridle to control their horse. According to ancient legends Amazons were often buried with their horses. During battles they attacked their enemies with blood curling screams and terrifying war cries and were seen as equal to men on the battlefield. This was the way of the Amazons.