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Amazons (AM-uh-zonz). Mythological warrior women, renowned as hunters and fighters. They only met with men on occasion to produce offspring for their tribe. Heracles was once challenged to bring back the belt of the Amazon queen. Despite the Amazons' reputation for man-hating, the queen willingly gave it to him. But the goddess Hera, who despised Heracles, stirred up trouble. A great battle ensued in which many Amazons were killed. The hero Theseus also visited the Amazons, kidnapping one who came aboard his ship with a gift.

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