P. 398 (with art)

Epicharmos, Herakles Ho Epi Ton Zostera fr 76 – Fragments of Epicharmos cited according to G. Kaibel, Comicorum Graecorum Fragmenta 1, p.  104. Berlin 1899.

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Pindar fr 172 SM – Pindarus 2, pp. 126-27, ed. B. Snell and H. Maehler. Leipzig 1975.

Pindar, Nemean 3.38-39

and once he [Peleus] followed him to meet the bronze-bowed strength of the Amazons. And fear, the subduer of men, never dulled the edge of his mind. Greek Text

Scholia to Pindar, Nemean 3.64 – Scholia vetera in Pindari carmina, Vol. 2, Part 2, p. 690.

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Homer, Iliad 4.132-39

and of herself she guided it where the golden clasps of the belt were fastened and the corselet overlapped. On the clasped belt lighted the bitter arrow, and through the belt richly dight was it driven, and clean through the curiously wrought corselet did it force its way, and through the taslet which he wore, a screen for his flesh and a barrier against darts, wherein was his chiefest defence; yet even through this did it speed. So the arrow grazed the outermost flesh of the warrior. Greek Text

Dion Chrysostomos of Prusa, Orationes 8.32

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ApB 2.5.9 – Apollodoros, Bibliotheke (Library)

 Now Hippolyte had the belt of Ares in token of her superiority to all the rest. Hercules was sent to fetch this belt because Admete, daughter of Eurystheus, desired to get it. Greek Text

Palermo, Museo Nazionale Archeologico, metope from Temple E.  Herakles and Amazon.



Pausanias, Description fo Greece 5.10.9

Above the doors of the rear chamber he is taking the girdle from the Amazon. Greek Text

Euripides, Herakles Mainomenos (Hercules Furens) 408-18

Then he went through the waves of heaving Euxine against the mounted host of Amazons dwelling round Maeotis, the lake that is fed by many a stream, having gathered to his standard all his friends from Hellas, to fetch the gold-embroidered raiment of the warrior queen, a deadly quest for a girdle. Hellas won those glorious spoils of the barbarian maid, and they are safe in Mycenae. Greek Text

Euripides, Ion 1143-45

First, overhead he spread out wings of cloth, a dedication of the son of Zeus, which Herakles brought from the Amazons as spoils for the god. These pictures were woven in it: Heaven gathering the stars into the circle of the sky. The Sun was driving his horses to the last flare, drawing on the light of Evening. Dark-robed Night was shaking her two-horse chariot by means of the yoked pair, and stars attended her. A Pleiad hastened through the middle sky, with Orion and his sword; above, Arktos turned his golden tail on the pole; the full moon, that divides the months in half, shot forth her beams above, with the Hyades, the clearest sign for sailors, and light-bearing Dawn, pursuing the stars. Greek Text

Hellanikos 4F106 – Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker 1, p. 134, ed. F. Jacoby, 2d ed. Leiden 1957.

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Artistic sources edited by Frances Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, March, 2017.

Literary sources edited by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, January 2021

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