Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece

Amazons, mighty, skillful female warriors



Who were the Amazons?

The Amazons were a horde of passionate, skillful maiden warriors from the Black Sea. They supposedly descended from Ares, the Greek god of War, when he mated with the Naiad Harmony.

The meaning behind the name

The Amazons received their name from the fact that they voluntarily removed their right breast (breast:"mazos") in order to easily draw the bow and fight, leaving only the left breast to feed their children. During their fights, they were carrying half-moon shields and wielding spears and were usually wearing a chiton-a single rectangle of fabric that left one shoulder bare for activity.

The Amazons' way of life

The Amazons were living entirely without men. They only mated with men twice a year from other tribes to produce children, but were in the end only keeping their female children, disregarding or mutilating any male ones.

The word "Amazon" is still widely used in the modern world, meaning a strong, athletic or tall woman.

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