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Depicting Amazons as Native Heroes in Hellenized Anatolia | July 2022 (126.3)


By an evaluation of photographs of Amazons of their unique historic and cultural contexts, this text re-evaluates probably the most iconic topics in Greek artwork and its reimagining in Hellenized Anatolia. It argues that in Anatolia, Amazons had been recurrently depicted not as barbarians from unique locales however reasonably as heroes with whom the native inhabitants recognized. Anatolia was a mythological homeland for the warrior ladies, and native tales ceaselessly solid the Amazons as an integral a part of their histories. The inspiration of the Temple of Artemis at Ephesos was attributed to Amazons, and quite a few cities, together with Smyrna and Kyme, claimed Amazons as eponymous founders and positioned their photographs on cash. In Karia, the axe of the Amazon Hippolyta was a logo of the area, and on the north frieze of the Temple of Hekate at Lagina, Amazons allegorically represented the individuals of Karia. For these cities, with their hybridized Greek and Anatolian populations, the Amazons’ gender was integral to their symbolic worth, figuring out the ladies as a part of a legendary previous that performed a key function within the formation of civic and regional identities.

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