Hippolyta was the queen of the tribe of the Amazons in Greek mythology. She played a significant role in the Twelve Labours of Heracles. She was the daughter of the god of war, Ares, who had given her a magical girdle as a gift.
Retrieving the girdle of Hippolyta was the ninth labour the demigod Heracles was assigned to by his adversary, king Eurystheus. The king asked the hero to bring the object back and give it to his daughter, Admeta. According to the most popular version of the myth, when Heracles appeared in front of Hippolyta, she was so enchanted by him that she gladly gave him the girdle while visiting him on his ship.
However, the goddess Hera took the form of an Amazon and appeared among the warrior women, saying that Heracles had the intention of abducting their queen. Enraged, the Amazons attacked the ship and in the ensuing battle, Heracles killed Hippolyta and took the girdle. He then sailed away leaving the Amazons behind.
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