The unstoppable female warriors, known as Amazons were seen as a community or tribe at the time of classical Antiquity. Their mythical race was believed to have been excellent horse riders, who were also using the animals for their fights and hunts. Men were never in any interest for them and were often excluded from their community. The only use they had of them were for reproduction reasons. The Amazons were always portrayed as independent mysterious women, who were very hard to be understood by the Greeks. They were often seen as “aliens” to the Greek polis beliefs and understandings. The Greeks started exploring the mythical lands which the Amazons inhabited, around the South coast of Black Sea in the beginning of 8th century. Through their conscious study of the unknown regions and civility generates the unlimited stories about them.
The Amazons have influenced and inspired many. Cultural master minds have been dedicated to the theme since ages ago. Their interest and passion for the unstoppable female warriors have affected their work in many interesting ways. The main inspiration and concept behind the worldwide known fictional character “Wonder Woman” by DC Comics (1941) is dedicated to the Amazons‘ perceptions and beliefs. The original name of Wonder Woman is Princess Diana of Themyscira. Themyscira is believed to be the place where one of the battles between the Greeks and Amazons took place. Themyscira in the written case Themiscyra is an ancient city located in the South coast of Black Sea (nowadays Turkey). Diana’s mother – Queen Hippolyta is the other superior
According to classical Greek mythology, Hippolyta was the Amazonian queen who owned a belt – symbol of power given to her by Ares. As the ninth of his Labours, the famous Greek hero Heracles had to fetch the belt of Hippolyta. The Amazons attacked, and Heracles, suspecting betrayal, killed Hippolyta and took her girdle, then fought with his men and overcame the Amazon army. The original story by DC Comics present Princess Diana as the daughter of Zeus, who left behind her throne in Themyscira and dedicated her life on fighting for justice and equality in a man’s world. The choice of Gods is intentionally made, so that the reader makes an easy and efficient connection with Greek mythology.
We can also easily notice the influence of the Amazons in Diana’s costume. The ancient female warriors were always portrayed with their iconic short dress, soft ankle boots, Thracian-Phygian pointy hats, small shield (pelte) and their typical small sword and axe. Wonder Woman is also shown with a similar, yet modernized version of a costume. It includes a short dress, ancient Greek style sandals and of course the integrant horse. Her character is presented as a tough, confident woman with infinitive power and “thirst” for a better tomorrow. The Amazons have been around since the beginning, however through the years their portray stays similar, yet still recognizable in modern days and culture.
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