Themiscyra: The Ancient Real-Life Version Of The Amazons' Mythical Home

By | April 27, 2020

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One of the more fascinating stories from ancient mythology is that of the Amazon women. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

In Greek mythology, the Amazons were a fierce race of warrior women. If you're a fan of Wonder Woman, this name is probably familiar to you. From their name, it may be natural to assume that the tribe hailed from South America, but the entire western hemisphere was actually unknown to ancient Greece. The mythical home of the Amazons was much closer, in a region of modern-day Ukraine, the capital city of which was called Themiscyra. Let's take a closer look at the actual place that was once the mythical home of a tribe of warrior women. 

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Who Were The Amazons?

The Amazons were the Greek version of girl power. The tribe, which appeared in a variety of Greek myths, consisted exclusively of women who killed or enslaved any man who ventured too close to their home. Once a year, the Amazons enjoyed a conjugal visit with a nearby tribe called the Gargareans, and nine months later, the women welcomed a batch of newborns. The female babies were kept and raised to be warriors while the males were either returned to their fathers or abandoned to die in the woods. Harsh, ladies.