The Amazons are a nation of all-female warriors in Classical and Greek mythology. Herodotus placed them in a region bordering Scythia in Sarmatia (modern territory of Ukraine). Other historiographers place them in Asia Minor or Libya.
Notable queens of the Amazons are Penthesilea, who participated in the Trojan War, and her sister Hippolyta, whose magical girdle was the object of one of the labours of Hercules. Amazonian raiders were often depicted in battle with Greek warriors in amazonomachies in classical art.
The Amazons have become associated with various historical peoples throughout the Roman Empire period and Late Antiquity. In Roman historiography, there are various accounts of Amazon raids in Asia Minor. From the Early Modern period, their name has become a term for woman warriors in general.
Some Amazons were also believed to cut off one of their breasts to make using the bow and arrow easier.
"A clan of all-female warriors in Greek mythology. Skilled in battle and hunting, they are said to have the protection of the goddess Artemis. Some claimed that in order to use bows without hindrance, Amazons would cut off their right breast, making them a-mazos, or "without breast". Once a year, they would mate with their neighboring country, and only the female children would be brought back with them to be raised."