THESEUS & HIPPOLYTA
Theseus returning how from his adventure of slaying the Minotaur needed to find a wife and a queen for Athens. Theseus and his best friend Pirithous set off for the island of the Amazons, to woo and wed their queen Hippolyta. Hippolyta was a beautiful and strong woman, the daughter of Ares and the Queen of the Amazons. She had a magic girdle (which is like a belt) that her father Ares gave her as a symbol of her authority as queen, its like her crown but mch more practical.
When they arrived on the island they were warmly welcomed. There was a great feast in honor of their esteemed guest Theseus. All the Amazons were in attendance, and there was lots of food, music and dancing.
At dinner Theseus popped the question to Hippolyta. "Will you marry me and be the queen of Athens?" Theseus said. Hippolyta gave it some thought; after all being queen of Athens is way more power than being the queen of just an island. Hippolyta then thought about her responsibilities to her people the Amazon warrior woman. Remembering her obligation to them reminded her that she liked being single, and not having to cook or clean up after a husband. So Hippolyta told Theseus that she was flattered but not interested in being his wife or queen. The party went on into the night but Theseus wasn’t joining in the festivities instead he was quietly sitting and thinking how he could change Hippolyta's mind.
Later that night when everyone went to bed, Theseus and his friend Pirithous were sitting up chatting on their ship. Pirithous had a great idea, just kidnap the queen run for Athens and make her marry you. The amazons won't fight back they thought, and once she is your queen she can’t leave. So it was settled they would kidnap the queen and return home with her as Theseus wife.
After a few days of partying with the Amazons it was time to put the plan in action. Late at night while everyone was sleeping, Theseus snuck into Hippolyta's tent and picked her up and carried her off to his ship and set sail for Athens. In the morning when the warrior woman woke up and found that their queen was missing and so was their guest, they quickly out the 2 together and realized that Theseus had kidnapped their queen.
At once the warrior woman set sail for Athens to rescue their queen from a forced marriage. Theseus safely reaches Athens and starts the preparations for the wedding and the festival to follow. Being just a few hours behind Theseus, the amazons arrive in Athens under the darkness of night Perfect for an ambush attack. The Amazonians make their way to the palace and spring Hippolyta out of the castle and not a moment too soon, because at dawn they were to wed.
With their queen with them once more, the amazons returned to their island much more cautious and wary of visitors. The next morning Theseus woke up and went to greet his soon to be bride only to find out that his bride had got away in the night. Seeing that trying to force Hippolyta to marry him was a fruitless endeavor Theseus sets his eyes instead on Helen of Troy.