The myth of the Amazons


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2017 (EL)
The myth of the Amazons (EN)

Balla, Maria (EN)

Manoledakis, Manolis (EN)
School of Humanities, MA in Black Sea & Eastern Mediterranean Studies (EN)
Petropoulos, Ilias (EN)
Aristodemou, Georgia (EN)

This dissertation was written as part of the MA in Black Sea cultural Studies at the International Hellenic University. The aim of this paper is to analyze the different variations and the most predominant versions of the myth of the Amazons and to present the basic mythological references of these wild warriors. Additionally, the individual mythological facts are described and the most famous figures of the Amazons are highlighted. The individual characteristics that are presented bring into negotiation the different aspects concerning the social, cultural and historical dimensions of the myth. This paper searches the reasons why this myth was created and why it became part of the Greek mythology and determines the value of the myth in general. It also presents clearly both the mythological status of the Amazons based on literary sources and the particular features of their existence in a wider context. On a second level , the figure of the Amazons is approached as a social and political phenomenon of the classical period and especially of the Athenian society. It examines the contribution of the social stereotypes of the era to the formation of the myth and the relationship with the xenophobic climate against the Persians. Finally , an indicative research between the myth and the depiction in art is attempted by analyzing their differences, their similarities and to what extend the art influenced the myth’s evolution. (EN)


Female warriors (EN)
Art (EN)
Literature (EN)
Myth (EN)
Amazons (EN)
Barbarians (EN)
Athenian society (EN)

Διεθνές Πανεπιστήμιο της Ελλάδος (EL)
International Hellenic University (EN)



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