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The Amazons - Female Fighters

After doing some research on the Amazons, I keep coming up with the same answer. "All we know is that they were female and they fought." Wow, some research went into that! They're in my Greek Civilization myths and somehow I don't know how much of it is myth, considering there are Amazon graves in Greece. Welcome to another one of my odd and interesting hobbies - What separates myth from reality? Amazons are cool enough to attract my attention, but so little is known about them except what men wrote. However some of the fictional ones have cool names!!

  • Eumache was an Amazon in the Attic War, who once disarmed and out of arrows, fought with a stone. Her name means, "Good Fighter."

  • Thraso
    [79] Thraso was an Amazon under Andromache. Her name means, "Confidence."

  • Aristomache
    [26] Aristomache was an Amazon who fought Mounichos in the Attic War. Her name means, "Best of Warriors." (Do the words, Aristocrat and macho ring a bell? Greek origins.)

  • Asteria was named for the Titan mother of Hecate. She was the sixth slain by Herakles in single combat when he came for Hippolyte's girdle. Even though the Amazons knew he was invulnerable, they still chose to fight bravely, challenging him one by one [Editor's note: Just like all the bad do in X:WP and H:TLJ, they always go at the hero one at a time!]. Her name means, "Of the Sky."

  • Andromeda served Amazon Queen Andromache. Her name means, "Ruler of Men." (Ha ha ha!)

  • Alcinoe was an Amazon under Andromache. Her name means, "Mighty Wisdom."


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