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Hercales' 9th Labor

Hippolyte's Belt
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Jade Hoff

on 6 November 2012

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Hippolyte's Belt;
Heracles Fights the Amazons The Ninth Labor of Heracles Summary Plot Quote Analysis Chronology of Events For Hercales' ninth labor, Eurystheus ordered Hercales to obtain the amazon queen's, Hippolyte, belt because his daughter wanted it. The Amazons were a fierce tribe of female warriors. Ares had given Hippolyte her belt, but she was willing to give him her belt. Hera, however, felt that Hercales' presence among the Amazon's would do no good and disguised herself as an Amazon. She shouted that Hercales was stealing their queen and all of them attacked him. Angry, thinking that Hippolyte had betrayed him, he killed her, and took her belt back to Eurytheus. Quote#1:
"But the goddess Hera knew that the arrival of Hercules meant nothing but trouble for the Amazons."

This quote is showing that Hera was uneasy about Hercules meeting the Amazons and felt she needed to try to get him away from them. This is also showing Hera's true colors and the beginning of Hera plotting to turn the Amazons against Hercules. Before the ninth labor that Hercales had to complete, Eurytheus sent him to capture the mares of King Diomedes as an eighth labor. He also had to let them climb Mount Olympus to die and live among the gods. However, Hercales killed King Diomedes for mistreating the mares. After the ninth labor, Eurytheus ordered Hercales to bring him the cattle of Geryon. Hercales is completing the ninth labor because Eurytheus' daughter wanted it. This labor shows how respectful Hercales is because he is completing a task and risking his life to get a belt that Eurytheus' daughter wants. The Epic Hero The Amazons were a tribe of women warriors, who lived completely separate from men, only keeping female children that were born. Hippolyte was the Queen of the Amazons and the greatest warrior of the tribe. She had been given a gift from Ares, a very special belt, because she was the best warrior. The daughter of Eurystheus asked him for the belt of Hippolyte. Eurystheus commanded Heracles to retrieve it; still in servitude, Heracles had no choice in the matter. Alternate Representations In both World Mythology, and the Perseus version of Hercales' ninth labor are similar, but also different in many ways. First, in World Mythology the Amazon name was not defined. In the Perseus Digital Library version, "Amazon" means "missing one breast" because their right breast got in the way of spear throwing. Also, in the Perseus version, Hercales brought his friends along to fight off the Amazons, if needed, and in World Mythology, he went alone.

These differences affect the meaning of the story a lot. In World Mythology, they portray Hercales as a very strong, independent hero, but in the Perseus version, he is always finding ways to get help like in his ninth labor with his friends. The picture on the left portrays Heracles as a very conceded type of hero and looks like he isn't fierce or aggressive. The picture on the right, however, makes Heracles look very fierce and that he isn't afraid of any battle. The lion skin he is wearing also adds to his ferocious look. Upon arrival to the tribe, Heracles did not know what to expect; the Amazons were well known for their fierce approach in battle. When Heracles met with Queen Hippolyte, she took a great liking to him. Being kind and persuasive, he asked her for her prized belt. Hippolyte promised that she would give her belt to Heracles. This task had seemed far too easy to Hera and she sought to take advantage of this opportunity. Taking the form of an Amazon, she convinced the other warriors that Heracles was trying to kidnap the Queen. All at once, the Amazons attacked Heracles. In order to escape, Heracles had to kill Queen Hippolyte, taking her belt with him when he left. Heracles returned safely and gave the belt to Eurystheus. Quote #2:
"Hera felt this was too easy, so the goddess disguised herself as an Amazon and shouted that Heracles was abducting their queen".


Hera's intervention shows the increased difficulty of Heracles' task; even so, he was able to complete his labor and return with Hippolyte's belt. Heracles is able to show how strong and heroic he is; he can face any challenge sent his way. The Call to Adventure:

The call to adventure was when Heracles was ordered to obtain the Amazon Queen, Hippolyte's, belt for his daughter. The Threshold:
Heracles arrives at the Amazon island. Threshold Guardian:
Nothing stands in Heracles' was besides Hera, when she takes form of an Amazon and alerts the other that Heracles was abducting their queen. The Helpers:
In World Mythology, Heracles had no help. But in the Perseus version, he brought his friends along. The Challenges:
Heracles faces the challenge of fearing whether or not Hippolyte would allow him to take her belt. The Abyss:
This occurs when Heracles decides to kill the Amazon queen Transformation and Revelation:
This occurs when Heracles realizes that he needs to act fast since the Amazon's are about to attack. The Return:
Once he obtains the belt, he returns to Eurytheus. Rosenberg, Donna. World Mythology. 2nd ed. Lincolnwood, Illinois: NTC Publishing Group, 1994. Print.
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