Penthesilea was the greatest Amazon of all times. At
first, her excellence with weaponry was primarily for
the purpose of hunting. When her sister died, falling
on Penthesilea’s spear during a hunt, Penthesilea chose
to channel her grief and rage into battle. At the request
of Queen Hecuba, she liberated the city of Troy, under
siege by the Greeks for years. The link between Troy and
Amazonia predates Homer and Euripides by centuries,
and many scholars believe that Homer adapted his famous
story from the Egyptian poetess Phantasia and reoriented
it toward the patriarchal tastes of his Greek audience.
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