Penthesilia, Queen of the Amazons
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About Penthesilia, Queen of the Amazons
In Greek mythology, Penthesilea (Greek: Πενθεσίλεια, or Penthesilia) was an Amazonian queen, daughter of Ares and Otrera, sister of Hippolyta, Antiope and Melanippe. Quintus Smyrnaeus explains more fully than pseudo-Apollodorus how Penthesilea came to be at Troy: Penthesilea killed Hippolyta with a spear when they were hunting deer; this accident caused Penthesilea so much grief that she wished only to die, but, as a warrior and an Amazon, she had to do so honorably and in battle. She therefore was easily convinced to join in the Trojan War, fighting on the side of Troy's defenders.