There were a number of stories about the stealing of the Queen's belt though no pretense was made about the nature of the theft. In one version, Heracles and Theseus together fell upon the undefended city and its Queen, Hippolyte, while Oreithyia, the other Queen, was defending the borders with her army. The small garrison was overcome and slain, Heracles took Hippolyte's belt, while Theseus used trickery, love, or violence to get Antiope, the third sister, in his ship. A different version had all these events transpire on three different expeditions: the stealing of the belt, the taking of the city, and the elopement with Antiope. At any rate, the next event was the vengeance of the Amazons.
For the ninth labor, Eurystheus ordered Hercules to bring him the belt of Hippolyte [Hip-POLLY-tee]. This was no ordinary belt and no ordinary warrior. Hippolyte was queen of the Amazons, a tribe of women warriors.
Queen Hippolyte had a special piece of armor. It was a leather belt that had been given to her by Ares, the war god, because she was the best warrior of all the Amazons. A sacred girdle, a gift from Ares, the god of war, whom the tribe revered. She wore this belt across her chest and used it to carry her sword and spear. Eurystheus wanted Hippolyte's belt as a present to give to his daughter, and he sent Heracles to bring it back.
realized that the hero could not fight against the whole Amazon army by
himself, so they joined him and set sail in a single ship. After
a long journey, they reached the land of the Amazons and put in at the
harbor. When Heracles and the Greeks got off the boat, Hippolyte
came down to visit them. She asked Heracles why he had come, and
when he told her, she promised to give him the belt. But the Goddess
Hera knew that the arrival of Heracles meant nothing but trouble for the
Amazons. Disguised as an Amazon warrior, Hera went up and down the
army saying to each woman that the strangers who had arrived were going
to carry off the Queen. So the Amazons put on their armor.
The women warriors charged on horseback down to the ship.
But when Heracles saw that they were wearing their armor and were
carrying their weapons, he knew that he was under attack. Thinking fast, he drew his sword and killed Hippolyte.
Then he undid her belt and took it away from her.
Heracles and the Greeks fought the rest of the Amazons in a great battle.
When the enemy had been driven off, Heracles sailed away. After a stopover at the city of Troy, Heracles returned to Mycenae, and he gave the belt to Eurystheus.
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