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CaptionNow upon their return from India with Indian elephants as mounts they met opposing Amazons waiting to pounce. Although once asked to fight on the side of the gods by Dionysus this time there was no such alliance. The amazons suffered a massive defeat after a hard-fought battle with the god and his followers. The remains retreated and Dionysus troops chased them as far as Ephesus just past his boyhood home at Nysa. Many retreated into the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World where many more amazons lost their lives and others were chased onto the island of Samos off the coast where they were killed. --- --- --- The battlefield for its bloodiness was thereafter known as Panhaema. Some survivors of the Dionysan war became priestesses of Artemis at the temple; others returned to Libya where they were later wiped from existence by the labor-eager Hercules who had come to the outer realms of Libya to set up his famous pillars. On their march home they buried Myrine at Troy and the Greeks later declared her an ancestor to the Trojans. Descriptions of a battle waged by the Libyan Amazons in their home territory in which 30 000 soldiers and 3 000 cavalry fought is believed to be the earliest record in the world of troops riding horses into battle. Traditionally then and now these Amazons of Libya are believed to be the first to capture and tame horses for military purpose. Returning in triumph Dionysus undertook to introduce his worship into Greece _______________________________________ Peter Paul Rubens. The Battle of the Amazons. c.1618-1620. Oil on panel. Bayerische Staatsgemaldesammlungen Munich Germany
HeadlineBattle of the Amazons [Rubens c.1618-1620]
Keywordsamazon-warrior Califia Artemis Samos
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