The Ninth Labour of Heracles::Hippolyta
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The Ninth Labour of Heracles In the myth of Heracles, Hippolyta's girdle (ζωστὴρ Ἱππολύτης) was the object of his ninth labor. He was sent to retrieve it for Admeta, the daughter of King Eurystheus.<ref>Euripides, Hercules Furens, 408 sqq.</ref><ref>Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, II. 777 sqq. and 966 sqq.</ref><ref>Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotheca Historica, IV. 16</ref><ref>Ps.-Apollodorus, Bibliotheke, II. 5. 9</ref><ref>Pausanias, Hellados Periegesis, V. 10. 9</ref><ref>Quintus Smyrnaeus, Posthomerica, VI. 240 sqq.</ref><ref>Hyginus, Fabulae, 30</ref> Most versions of the myth indicate that Hippolyta was so impressed with Heracles that she gave him the girdle without argument, perhaps while visiting him on his ship. Then (according to Pseudo-Apollodorus), the goddess Hera, making herself appear as one of the Amazons, spread a rumor among them that Heracles and his crew were abducting their queen, so the Amazons attacked the ship. In the fray that followed, Heracles slew Hippolyta, stripped her of the belt, fought off the attackers, and sailed away.
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