Otrera

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In Greek mythology, Otrera /ˈtrɪərə, -ˈtrrə/ (Ancient Greek: Οτρηρη Otrērē) was a Queen of the Amazons; the daughter of Eurus (the east wind)[citation needed], consort of Ares and mother of Hippolyta, Antiope, Melanippe, and Penthesilea.[1][2]

Mythology[edit]

Otrera is sometimes considered the mythological founder of the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus,[3] which was closely connected with Amazons.[4] She is also sometimes considered the founder of the Amazon nation.

She attracted the attention of Ares, a Greek God of war, and they had a few children, some growing up to be Amazon Queens. Ares also told her to sacrifice horses to him at a temple built on the rock he had made fall from the sky.

She was possibly the unknown Amazon who was slain by Bellerophon in Lycia.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bibliotheca, Epitome of Book IV, 5. 1
  2. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae, 30; 112
  3. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 223, 225
  4. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece 7. 2. 6
  5. ^ "OTRERA - Amazon Queen of Greek Mythology". www.theoi.com. Retrieved 2018-02-26. 

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Preceded by
unknown
Queen of the Amazons Succeeded by
Hippolyta