The Girdle of Hippolyte, Queen of the Amazons
Herakles' ninth labor involved the legendary Amazon warrior-women, the favorite subjects of some other myths as well. In this case the task was to get the magic girdle, supposedly given to the Amazon queen Hippolyte by war-god Ares himself. While it appeared for a while that Herakles' diplomacy (and possibly the accompaniment of other famous heroes in this case) would meet the good will of Hippolyte and for once accomplish a labor with no bloodshed, the conniving goddess Hera was then to step in, posing as an Amazon and instigating Hippolyte's subjects against the visitors, with a savage battle ensuing after all. The accounts of the queen's fate differ, but the prize was taken, and this labor thus brought to a close. Artistic accounts of this epic showdown, though present in other forms, seem to be absent from Greek coinage; however, portaits of individual Amazons may be found, like those of Kyme, the legendary founder of a city of that name in Aiolis, the Asian coastline just south of Lesbos.
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