More than two-thirds of the basin is covered by an immense rainforest, which grades into dry forest and savanna on the higher northern and southern margins and into montane forest in the Andes to the west. Deforestation has accelerated, especially south of the Amazon River and on the piedmont outwash of the Andes, as new highways and air transport facilities have opened the basin to a tidal wave of settlers, corporations, and researchers. Significant mineral discoveries have brought further influxes of population.
Etymology[ edit ] The origin of the word is uncertain. The location of that land as well as his conclusions are controversial. Herodotus and Strabo placed them on the banks of the Thermodon and Themiscyra.
Ancient Greek Attic white-ground alabastronc. Apollonius Rhodiusat Argonauticamentions that at Thermodon the Amazons were not gathered together in one city, but scattered over the land, parted into three tribes.
Herodotus stated that in the Scythian language they were called Oiorpata, oior meaning "man", and pata meaning "to slay". There were two special months in the spring in which they would go up into the neighboring mountain which separates them and the Gargareans.
The Gargareans also, in accordance with an ancient custom, would go there to offer sacrifice with the Amazons and also to have intercourse with them for the sake of begetting children. They did this in secrecy and darkness, any Gargareans at random with any Amazon, and after making them pregnant they would send them away.
Any females that were born are retained by the Amazons themselves, but the males would be taken to the Gargareans to be brought up; and each Gargarean to whom a child is brought would adopt the child as his own, regarding the child as his son because of his uncertainty.
They later ended the war against the Amazons and made a compact that they should have dealings with one another only in the matter of children, and that each people should live independent of the other. But the Amazons knew nothing about ships so they were driven about by waves and winds and they were disembarked at the land of the Scythians, there they met first with a troop of horses feeding, they seized them and mounted upon these they plundered the property of the Scythians.
The Scythians were not able to understand them because they did not know either their speech or their dress or the race to which they belonged, and they thought that they were men.
Scythians fought a battle against them, and after the battle the Scythians got possession of the bodies of the dead, and thus they discovered that they were women. After the battle Scythians sent young men and told them to encamp near the Amazons and to do whatsoever they should do.
If the women should come after them, they were not to fight but to retire before them, and when the women stopped, they were to approach near and encamp.
This plan was adopted by the Scythians because they desired to have children born from them. When the Amazons perceived that they had not come to do them any harm, they let them alone; and the two camps approached nearer to one another every day: One day a Scythian and an Amazon came close.
They could not speak to each other because they were speaking different languages but the Amazon made signs to him with her hand to come.
Later the young Scythians and the Amazons joined their camps and lived together, each man having for his wife her with whom he had had dealings at first. The men were not able to learn the language of the Amazons, but the women learned Scythian. They were brutal and aggressive, and their main concern in life was war.
On this desert island there were ravening birds, which in countless numbers haunt it. Zeus sent Boreas the North Windand with his help the Argonauts stood out from the shore near Themiscyra where the Themiscyreian Amazons were arming for battle.
The tomb of Myrine is mentioned in the Iliad; later interpretation made of her an Amazon: Amazons defeated the army of the Atlantian city of Cerne, treated the captives savagely, killed all the men, led into slavery the children and women, and razed the city.
When the terrible fate of the inhabitants of Cerne became known among the other Atlantians, they were struck with terror, surrendered their cities on terms of capitulation and announced that they would do whatever should be commanded them. Queen Myrina bearing herself honourably towards the Atlantians, established friendship with them and founded a city to bear her name in place of the city of Cerne which had been razed; and in it she settled both the captives and any native who so desired.
Atlantians presented her with magnificent presents and by public decree voted to her notable honours, and she in return accepted their courtesy and in addition promised that she would show kindness to their nation. Diodorus also mentions that the Amazons of Queen Myrina used the skins of gigantic snakes, from Libya, to protect themselves at battle.
Later Queen Myrine led her Amazons to victory against the Gorgons. After the battle against the Gorgons, Myrina accorded a funeral to her fallen comrades on three pyres and raised up three great heaps of earth as tombs, which are called "Amazon Mounds" Greek: In another version of this myth, Theseus made this voyage on his own account, after the time of Heracles.
ThalestrisQueen of the Amazons, visits Alexander by Johann Georg Platzer Plutarchin his work Parallel Lives -The Life of Theseus, mentions that Bion said that the Amazons, were naturally friendly to men, and did not fly from Theseus when he touched upon their coasts.
The ghost of the dead hero appeared and so terrified the horses, that they threw and trampled upon the invaders, who were forced to retire.This paper will answer the question: Did the Amazons exist as a cohesive society, and if not, from whence did the myth originate?
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