Hippolyte, Queen of the Amazons, A Historical Fiction
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Hippolyte, Queen of the Amazons, A Historical Fiction
Copyright 8-30-2005 F. John Kluth, Kent Ohio.
This story is illustrated. Click on the links to see the pictures.
One mystery associated with the Amazons is the lack of remains associated
with Themiscyra in North-central Turkey. The reason for this is fairly simple. These Amazons were émigrés from Crete. Women gained independence from men on Crete because when
the men were away on adventures on the high seas, the women had to fend for
themselves. They were also inspired by the stories of the Amazons of Africa
which came with the Minoans when they moved from the drying Sahara to Crete.
When the man came back from a voyages they were pretty opressive an demanding.
They wanted the women to forget all about their good work and just strip and
have sex. This usually left the women pregnant and with another mouth to feed.
While the men were home they did not help with the housework. All they would
do is hunt. This only resulted in dirty clothes and animals to clean and dress
Then they would demand the food be cooked and served to their friends. All the
women of the household would have to wear humiliating skimpy outfits that
resulted in indignant comments from the guests. The women danced, sang, played
music, cooked and served food while the men would simply eat and drink.
Some of the women decided that they could get along without men altogether.
When they left Crete they took only those trades that the women possessed.
Women were weavers and not masons so when they arrived in their new land they
made their shelters entirely from cloth. This actually suited their nomadic
life following herds of wool producing animals. Themiscyra was not a built-up
community, as we know it. Rather it was a trading center for a large group
of tent communities. It was sort of a large bazar where the Amazons came to
buy and sell their goods. The bazar was located in an open square in the
center of the community. On the North side of the square was the queen’s
compound while on the south side was the compound dedicated to the worship of
Artemis. The Amazon queen spent most of her time in that location but she
did roam around the countryside visiting her subjects.
Artemis was the main goddess of the Amazons because it was she that wanted the
young girls to reject men. But Artemis was not against men. She just wanted
the girls to be mature enough to take care of their babies. Artemis was also
a huntress and that also appealed to the Amazon’s. For their festival of
Artemis the Amazons dressed in the skins and heads of deer. One of them
dressed as Artemis would chase them with her dogs in a mock hunt. A deer
would be produced so that the festival would end with a great banquet.
Otrere, Peace Queen of the Amazons, was one of the first queens of the
Amazons. After their arrival in Themiscyra the Amazons thought they could
live in peace. What they found was that the men of distant lands often
raided their community. Sometimes the men captured women and made them
wives. More often the made them slaves. They often never heard from
these women again, which gave rise to stories of abuse and even death.
Worse yet sometimes the men raped the women and left them for dead. If
the woman became pregnant and bore a child the Amazons were happy with this,
but they did not like the abuse the women received. They were even more
incensed when the men tortured women and killed them wantonly. They
consulted their neighbors on this problem and found that the solution was
simple. Either they would have to hire men to protect them or they had to
Otere secluded herself in a mountain retreat to consider this problem. To
reduce her distraction she stripped naked and prayed to the gods. As the
sun set the warm winds caressed her skin. As twilight settled she danced
on the grass. As the night came in Ares answered her prayers and came to
embrace her. They lay on the grass in delightful love. As a result a child
was conceived. And Otere’s thoughts turned from peace to war. The next
morning she bathed in a mountain stream, dressed, and left for home. She
returned from her retreat the next morning and announced that she would begin
training Amazon’s for war.
One result of Otere’s love tryst was her conviction that war was the
solution to the protection of her women. The other result was that she was
pregnant with Hippolyte. Even though she was very active Otere’s pregnancy
went well. Both her breasts and belly swelled. When it was time to give
birth she stripped off her clothes, squatted on the ground in the lap of
another Amazon while a third Amazon eased the baby out of her womb. The baby
was washed and put to Otere’s breast. The baby took her milk strongly. Otere
responded to the challenge by eating well and grooming herself well. She kept
her baby with her and she thrived.
Until she was six Hippolyte spent her life entirely in the nude. This was
the Amazon way that made things easier on her mother. In the tent life that
they had the little girl had to learn to urinate and defecate in a chamber
pot. She mastered this and many other skills including bathing and eating
her own food. Her mother gave her toys to play with including hoops, baskets,
strings of beads and toy animals. She went with her mother to watch the
Amazons drill. It was not long before she was imitating them. She would
run, throw sticks, and stab as with a sword. She became very swift and
strong. She was lucky that her mother knew how to read and write because
her mother taught her these things also. Many of the Amazons did not know
how to read and write because women were not often taught these things on
Crete. But the Amazons soon learned that these skills were necessary when
dealing with matters of trade. The few who knew how to read and write became
very important. Schools were begun so that some of the younger Amazons could
also learn these skills. As Otere was a queen she did not use her language
in trade, but she did record prayers, spells, incantations, and recipes for
potions. She also recorded some statements of her accounts and holdings.
She began to teach Hippolyte all these things. She also saw to it that
these subjects were taught in the schools. Because of the use of reading
and writing for prayers, spells, incantations and potions, for many these
were learned for religious purposes.
After Hippolyte was 7 she left her mother each day to go to school. Because
she was the daughter of the queen she had both as slave and a tutor. While she
and the tutor wore lose garments the slave was a naked girl. Mainly the slave
carried books, writing instruments and other school supplies. The tutor always
carrier one or more notebooks on which to take notes. The school was held
in a tent next to a large tree. In good weather classes were held under the
tree. The tent had a large canopy like flap that shielded the class from sun
and light rain. The class moved into the tent only when the weather was
severe. There was one teacher who was in charge of the school. She arranged
for other teachers as necessary and as availability. Since some of the best
teachers were men who lived on the east coast of the Aegean sea arrangements
had to be carefully made and at great expense. When one of these visitors came
the school would swell with extra visitors who wanted to learn from the great
teacher. Some times a bard would pass through and the students would
listen to one epic poem after another. But most days were spent reading and
writing, working math problems, playing music and exercising in gym. Usually
the teacher spoke and the students listened and took notes. The tutors listened
and took notes too. The slaves could listen but they could not take notes.
But only the students answered the teachers questions. The tutors would not
speak until they got home. Then they asked the student questions.
During the exercise class the students performed in the nude while the
tutors and slaves watched. The students did exercises, ran races, threw the
javelin, shot bows and arrows and sometimes got to ride horseback. On
some occaisions teams were formed and the students had mock battles. The
battles were rough but there was little physical contact. Victory was
usually determined by missles in a target or who got to a point first.
When Hippolyte was older Otere prepared her for sex. Because Amazon women
would probably have a brief sexual encounter they had to be very responsive.
She learned that in order for a man to get her pregnant he would have to
ejaculate into her vagina. Some men on their first encounter had to be
encouraged. She learned the importance of her visual impact and how to
wiggle and dance in a sexy manner. She also learned that it was helpful
to stroke the man’s member. Oral and anal sex were not that helpful because
these methods were used by girls who were not trying to get pregnant. She
learned the value of kissing and rubbing the man’s body. Finally she learned
that there was a spot inside the man’s anus that might need to be rubbed in
order to get the semen to flow. In order to keep herself prepared she
learned to masturbate and enlarge her vagina with her fingers so her hymen
would not be torn when she had sex.
The whole community looked forward to the arrival of an itinerant bard. Each
time he came he spent time not only at the school but also wandering
around the community. The bard would go to anywhere the people congregated.
He would present not only the old epics that the people wanted to hear, but
also the new poetry that contained the news of the day. They learned of
distant wars, catastrophes and opportunities. Instead of following sports
heroes they followed the exploits of real heroes. Herakles was the subject
of poetry in his own lifetime. Poetry was used not just because it was
beautiful, but also because it was easier to memorize and speak. The rhyme
and rhythm of poetry allowed the poem to be longer and more accurately spoken.
The bard was well paid for his news. An like the newspaper boy of later days
each bard had a particular route that he followed. This route would include
capital and port cites where news could be gathered. And then it included
more remote cities where it could be spread. If the news was fresh he would
have to versify it himself. But if he heard it second hand it might already
be in the form of a poem. The bard that came to Themiscyra had to travel to
Troy and Smyrna on the coast of the Aegean Sea.
When an Amazon girl reached the age of puberty she had to undertake an
initiation ceremony. Puberty was determined by the presence of molars and
pubic hair. This is about the time some girls begin to menstruate. She had to
prove that she is capable of being a sexual adult. To to this she has to
perform a special dance. This dance is a duo performed with an Amazon partner
dressed up as a man complete with a false member. Her partner wears an mask
and breatplate to hide her breasts. The first part of the
dance allows her to demonstrate her use of weapons so that she can defend the
community. Then she must expose her body so that it is seen as complete and
desirable. Lastly she must impale herself on the false member of her partner
to prove that she is ready for sex. There is no doubt that this is a fertility
ceremony as the last act involves fruits and vegetables passed between her
legs as though she had given birth to them.
though she is giving birth to them. Finally there is a celebratory banquet.
As Hippolyte got older she participated in the Amazon version of the
Olympics. The Olympics involve a religious festival for Zeus. The Amazons
have a religious festival for Artemis. As with the Olympics all the events
are performed in the nude. The events are those that best prepare the Amazons
for war. They did running, javelin, archery, and horse racing. The horse
racing included only bare back riding and no chariots. Hippolyte was a
beautiful and dedicated participant, but she never won a wreath.
When Hippolyte was sixteen Otere was killed in a hunting accident. In
addition to her crown she was given a special girdle. The nature of
Hippolyte’s girdle is the subject of much debate. First it should be noted
that recent archeology indicates that the ceremonial dress of the Minoans
and Mycenaeans was similar and consisted of a vest that revealed the breast,
a fluffy skirt that is deeply flounsced, and a girdle-like belt. Since
this is the dress of priestesses and queens, Hippolyte must have worn
something very similar. But the girdle of the Myceneans may actually held
up a skirt while there have been girdles with a much more symbolic meaning.
The stories of Aphrodite suggest some possbilities. And Homer mentions
Aprons that are worn as armor. In addition the Minoan art contains pictures
of garments with apron-like atachments. The most likely interpretation is
that it was an apron-like garment symbolic of her position.
Hippolyte ruled during a period of peace and prosperity. But this was
only the result of constant dilligence. Hippolyte, for her part was in
constant communication with her subjects. She would often be out mingling
in the bazar next to the palace compound. Not only did the Amazon’s bring
their wares but foreigners as well. This is where the Amazon’s could come
to buy their necessities. Hippolyte was in the market when the news first came
of the arrival of a ship. Any ship that landed on Amazon territory was the
subject of some discussion, but the talk about this ship was particularly
exciting. Herakles was on board and the people getting off the ship gave
strange stories of his purpose and his power. And some of his companions
seemed to have a military purpose that was somewhat threatening.
The curiosity of Hippolyte was tweaked. Soon his emissaries arrived and
she was able to talk to them herself. They had left the ship before it had
landed and was dragged ashore. While she talked the crew dragged the ship
onto the sandy beach of the Black sea near Themiscyra. They set up a tent
camp on the beach as though they were going to visit awhile. There were
a number of tents with separate tents for the officers and several tents
for the crew.
Herakles had heard many stories of the Amazons and he wanted to check them
out before he made formal contact. He sneaked toward the Amazon camp to spy
on them. Melanippe, the youngest sister of Hippolyte had wandered afield
picking berries. Herakles was able to capture this beautiful girl and carry
her back to the hold of his ship. There he tied her up to the mast. She was
disgusted with his rough treatment of her because she thought she was being
raped and she very much wanted to become pregnant. She was afraid that
Heracles did not want to have sex with her because she was too young. She
wanted him to strip her so she could prove how sexy she was. He quickly
complied and was easily overcome by her charms. He proceeded to satisfy
her by having sex with her and making her pregnant. He learned from her
that the Amazons were indeed all women and some of them were very sexy and
easy to please. But he also learned that some of them were ready to fight to
protect their society. The stories about about Amazons having only one breast
was not true of Melanippe and probably not true of any other Amazon either.
Herakles let Melanippe go because she wanted to keep her pregnancy a secret
and did not want to talk about her visit with Herakles.
Hippolyte decided to visit Heracles herself. She had heard that he was
such a fine specimen that she toyed with the idea of having him father a
child. She returned to her Queen’s tent and found a formal outfit for herself.
She then announced her intentions to her retainers and group of them made
up a procession from Themiscyra down to the beach. She arrived at the tents
by the ship with some fanfare and was met by some people in an official
capacity. When Herakles was notified of the arrival of Hippolyte he was
pleased. It would be much easier to deal with her on a one to one basis.
He offered to entertain her at his tent. When she arrived she was immediately
taken with his presense and radiant glow. She was a beautiful woman with a
glow of her own. When he asked for her girdle she was only too happy to give
it to him. It was just the first of all her garments that she would remove.
She teased him by slowly removing her garments to get comfortable. Before
long she was totally nude and she began to wiggle and dance. Herakles had to
do little because she was so responsive. His mere touch brought a visibly
satisfying response. Before long they were locked in a total embrace of
lovers. Hyppolyte was successfull in getting the conception that she wanted.
This sexual tryst between Herakles and Hippolyte lasted long into the
night. Flnally the lovers fell asleep both in the nude. When dawn broke the
crew started dragging the ship into the water where it was to be loaded in
preparation for departure. Since Hippolyte had not returned the other Amazons
became anxious that she would be stolen away. They began to make preparations
for a battle that involved her rescue. When Herakles was awakened by the
sound of battle he immediately assumed that this was a trap that Hippolyte had
set for him. He grabbed his sword and stabbed her nude body right through
the heart. She and her baby died without ever awakening. Heracles took her
body and threw it at the attacking Amazons. A battle was then fought over
the nude body of Hippolyte. The Amazons were distracted enough by the nude
body of their queen that they failed to prevent the visitors from packing
up their ship and making their escape with the girdle. As soon as the
Amazons saw the nude body of their queen they battled to recover it. In this
battle Telamon was able to slay the sister of the golden-zoned queen. For
his part Herakles battled nine Amazons in succession, Aello, Philipis, Prothe,
Eriobea, Deianeira, Asteria, Marpe, Tecmessa, Alcippe, and killed them all.
After these nine were killed no Amazon was willing to face Heracles alone.
He then faced Celanea with her spear, Euryhe, and Phoebe together and
killed them as well. Iphito and Panariste lead the chase against Telamon,
Theseus, and Tiamedes. Two foot soldiers attacked Panariste but she killed
them, one by strangulation. Panariste was able to knock down Tiamides by
throwing her spear. She was then able to behead him by tossing her labrys.
Heracles and his followers moved away from the nude body off the dead
queen toward the ship. The Amazons then took this opportunity to gather up
their dead queen and move her body away from the ship. This stopped the
fighting and Hercules was able to escape with the girdle. The Amazons layed
the body of Hippolyte out and cleaned off the clotted blood. They then
gathered a large pile of kindling and placed Hippolyte on it. Then they lit
the kindling and her body was consumed by the fire. The bones and ashes
were placed in a rock cairn at the top of the bluff by the edge of the sea.
They assumed she was now in the land of the heroes.
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