During the Trojan War the Greeks attacked Pergamum, either because they mistook it for Troy, or because an alliance existed between Troy and Pergamum. Hiera was apparently an Amazon, and the Amazons united with the defenders of Pergamum to repel the attack. However, in the battle Hiera was killed by the Greek warrior Nireus. Telephus was so grief-stricken that he called a cease-fire to hold the funeral for Hiera, before restarting the battle and finally driving the invaders away.
It is possible that the ancient city of Hierapolis (modern Pamukkale, Turkey) was named in her honor, though the name can also be read as just 'holy city'. She had by two sons by Telephus, Tarchon and Tyrsenus.
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- Schraudolph, edited by Renée Dreyfus, Ellen (1996). Pergamon : the Telephos frieze from the Great Altar. San Francisco, Calif.: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. p. 17,74. ISBN 0884010899.
- Brenk, Frederick E. (1998). Relighting the souls : studies in Plutarch, in Greek literature, religion, and philosophy, and in the New Testament background. Stuttgart: Steiner. p. 381. ISBN 351507158X.
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