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==The Battle of Athens==
In many myths, the Amazons invaded Athens. Most myths believe that this they invaded Attica because Theseus had abandoned his Amazonian wife Antiope, whom he had abducted during the war between Hercules and the Amazons<ref> Blok, J. The early Amazons: modern and ancient perspectives on a persistent myth (The Netherlands, Brill, 1994), p 113</ref>. The female warriors attacked the Athenians to
free Antiope. In the battle, the Athenians, who were all males emerged triumphant and totally vanquished the Amazons. This battle was celebrated in a great many artworks and they are known as the Amazonomachy. Indeed, there were once many scenes from this battle between the Athenians and the Amazons on the friezes that adorned the Parthenon and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus <ref>Carpenter, T.H. Art and Myth in Ancient Greece (London, Thames & Hudson, 1991), p 89</ref>. It was widely believed that the nation of female warriors was permanently weakened and was no longer a threat after their defeat by Theseus and the Athenians.
[[File: Amazon 4.jpg |200px|thumb|left| Alexander the Great and the Amazons]]
==Dionysus and the Amazons==
Dionysus was the god of wine, religious ecstasy, fertility, and theatre. According to legend, he was driven mad by Hera <ref> Bagnall, R. (ed). The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (London, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), p. 34</ref>. He traveled around Asia, making it as far as India, during which time he had many adventures. Eventually, he was cured of his madness and he returned to Greece. He demanded to be recognized and worshipped as a God, but the Amazons refused. Dionysus chased the Amazons, far and wide. Eventually, he cornered them on the island of Samos and with the assistance of the Samians, he massacred them. Bacchus thanked the Samians for their help, by showing them how to grow grapes and to make wine <ref> Hope Moncrieff, A.R. Classical Mythology. Senate, London, 1994), p 134</ref>.