The Belt of Hippolyte

For his ninth, labor, Eurystheus ordered Hercules to bring him the belt of Hippolyte, the queen of the Amazons. The Amazon warriors cut off their right breast so it wouldn't get in the way of throwing a spear. They kept men apart and only kept female children.

      The belt that Queen hippolyte was given to her by Ares, the god of war, because she was the best warrior of the Amazons. Eurystheus wanted the belt to give to his daughter.

      Hercules' friends realized that the hero could not fight them alone, so they joined and sailed in a single ship.

      After arriving on land, the Queen came to greet the heros and asked what they wanted. After Hercules explained everything, she promised to give them the belt. But where is the fun in that?

      Hera, wanting to kick things up a notch, disguised herself as a Amazon warrior and told all the soldiers that the "heros" would carry off the queen if they didn't do something and fast. So of course, they took up arms and rushed towards the beach.

      Seeing the warriors, Hercules knew there would be a fight. And what better way to end a fight than to kill their leader. He killed her and took the belt, hoping that the warriors would leave them alone.


The battle that followed is one of the more well known parts of the story, of how epic the size of the army was.