Early years[ edit ] Taine was born in Vouziers  into a fairly prosperous Ardennes family. His father, a lawyer, his uncle, and his grandfather encouraged him to read eclectically and offered him art and music lessons. In , he obtained a doctorate at the Sorbonne. His thesis, Essai sur les fables de La Fontaine , which would be later published in revised form in He settled first in Paris, where he enrolled in the medical school.
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He was sent to retrieve it for Admete , the daughter of King Eurystheus. 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.
Adventure of Theseus[ edit ] In the myth of Theseus, the hero joined Heracles in his expedition, or went on a separate expedition later, and was actually the one who had the encounter with Hippolyta.
Some versions say he abducted her, some that Heracles did the abducting but gave her to Theseus as spoils, and others say that she fell in love with Theseus and betrayed the Amazons by willingly leaving with him. In any case, she was taken to Athens where she was wed to Theseus, being the only Amazon to ever marry. In some renditions the other Amazons became enraged at the marriage and attacked Athens. In other renditions Theseus later put Hippolyta aside to marry Phaedra.
So Hippolyta rallied her Amazons to attack the wedding ceremony. This killer was in turn slain by Theseus or Achilles. Some stories paint Theseus in a more favorable light, saying that Hippolyta was dead before he and Phaedra were wed, and this battle did not occur. Further complicating the narratives, a number of ancient writers say the Amazon in question was not Hippolyta at all, but her sister Antiope , Melanippe , or Glauce. Moreover, there are combined versions of the tale in which Heracles abducts and kills Hippolyta while Theseus, assisted by Sthenelus and Telamon , abducts and marries Antiope.
There are also stories that Hippolyta or Antiope later bore Theseus a son, Hippolytus. In Act I, Scene 1 she and he discuss their fast-approaching wedding, which will take place under the new moon in four days I. Theseus declares to Hippolyta that, although he "wooed her with his sword," he will wed her "with pomp, with triumph, and with revelling" and promises to begin a celebration that will continue until the wedding I. In The Life of Theseus, according to Plutarch, it was Hippolyta who concluded a four month long war between Athens and the Amazons with a peace treaty, resulting in the marriage between Theseus and Hippolyta.
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