Wednesday, 10 May 2023


Penthesilea, in Greek mythology, is a queen of the Amazons, respected for her bravery, her skill with weapons and wisdom. She led an army of Amazons to Troy to fight the Greeks. After Hector, the leader of the Trojan army, was killed, Penthesilea arrived with a small but skilled troop of Amazon warriors to help the doomed city against the Greeks. Penthesilea slew many Greeks. She killed Achilles, but his mother Thetis, who was a sea goddess, brought Achilles back to life so that he could kill Penthesilea.
Thersites, the ugliest of the Greeks—taunted Achilles for falling in love with his fallen enemy. Achilles killed him where he stood in a rage.
Penthesilea was the daughter of Ares, the Greek god of war, and the Amazon Otrera. Her sisters included other famous Amazons of Greek myth, including Hippolyta, Antiope, Melanippe, and Orithyia. Penthesilea is linked to the death of Hippolyta. Some tales say Hippolyta was killed by Heracles, and some say she was killed by Theseus. Others say Hippolyta was accidentally killed in the fight by Penthesilea. Alternatively, Hippolyta died in a hunting accident, when Penthesilea threw a spear at a deer.