Thalestris, Queen of the Amazons.From a curious and valuable Antique.
London published as the Act directs Mar:10, 1797 by J. Wilkes.
Stipple with etching printed in colour, 160 x 110mm. 6¼ x 4¼". Foxed.
The Amazons are a nation of all-female warriors in Classical and Greek mythology. Herodotus placed them in a region bordering Scythia in Sarmatia. Other historiographers place them in Asia Minor or Libya. According to the mythological Greek Alexander Romance, Queen Thalestris of the Amazons brought 300 women to Alexander the Great, hoping to breed a race of children as strong and intelligent as he. According to the legend, she stayed with the Macedonian king for 13 days and nights in the hope that the great warrior would father a daughter by her. However, several of Alexander's biographers dispute the claim, including the highly regarded secondary source, Plutarch.
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