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Amazon

(Encyclopedia) Amazon m´zn, in Greek mythology, one of a tribe of warlike women who lived in Asia Minor. The Amazons had a matriarchal society, in which women fought and governed while men…

Brewer's: Amazon

A horsewoman, a fighting or masculine woman. The word means without breast, or rather, “deprived of a pap.” According to Grecian story, there was a nation of women in Africa of a very…

Acuña, Cristóbal de

(Encyclopedia) Acuña, Cristóbal de krst´bäl d akoo´nyä, 1597–1676?, Spanish Jesuit missionary and explorer in South America, rector of the Jesuit college at Cuenca, Ecuador. In 1638 he was sent…

Penthesilea

(Encyclopedia) Penthesilea pnthsl´, in Greek mythology, an Amazon queen. In the Trojan War, she led a troop of Amazons against the Greeks. She was killed by Achilles, who then fell in love with…

Mikon

(Encyclopedia) Mikon m´kn, fl. c.460 &BC;, Greek painter and sculptor. In collaboration with Polygnotus he painted The Greeks and the Amazons and the celebrated Battle of Marathon in the Stoa…

Feuerbach, Anselm von

(Encyclopedia) Feuerbach, Anselm von än´zlm fn foi´rbäkh, 1829–80, German painter. He studied in Germany, Paris, and Rome, spending much of his life in Italy. He sought to produce works of pure…

Phigalia

(Encyclopedia) Phigalia fg´l, ancient city of Greece, in SW Arcadia (now Arkadhía). It gives its name to the Phigalian Marbles, a frieze c.100 ft (30 m) long and 2 ft (61 cm) high, in high relief…

Pirithoüs

(Encyclopedia) Pirithoüs or Peirithoüsboth: prth´s, in Greek mythology, king of the Lapithae. He and Theseus swore an oath of eternal friendship. Together they went on the Calydonian hunt and…

Antiope

(Encyclopedia) Antiope nt´p, in Greek mythology. 1 Theban princess, daughter of Nycteus. She was seduced by Zeus and bore him twin sons, Zethus and Amphion. Fleeing to Sicyon to escape the wrath…

How Much Do You Know About the Amazon River?

The Amazon River is one of the world's most impressive waterways, with a diverse ecosystem and a direct impact on fresh water in the oceans. But can you answer these facts about the Amazon River, its…