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Hippolyta (Hippolyte) - The Girls' Football Team

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The Girls' Football Team

You won't find Hippolyta sitting around twiddling their thumbs after school. No, she and her girlfriends are almost always busy training for the next football game. Sure, the guys might protest, but that doesn't stop these ladies from being ready to do battle out on the field.

Artemis (Diana)

Just like Hippolyta and the Amazons, Artemis is all about girl power. In fact, she's a sworn virgin and wants nothing to do with guys—at all. This goddess of the wilderness spends all her time running through the woods with her flock of beautiful nymphs. But don't go thinking that Artemis and her friends sit around petting bunnies and picking flowers all day. As goddess of the hunt, Artemis, like the Amazons, is great with weapons. She's always on the prowl for wild game with her posse, and never leaves home without her bow and arrow.

Athena (Minerva)

Yeah, Athena is the goddess of wisdom, but she's also a goddess of war. Unlike Hippolyta's brutal father, Ares, she's not into war for war's sake. Instead, she's more about strategic war and wars of defense—just the necessities. Just like Artemis, Athena is a sworn virgin and turns her nose up at any dude who comes on to her.


In Norse mythology, the Valkyries are smokin' warrior women who work for Odin, the ruler of the Norse gods. They cruise around on winged horses, visiting battlefields where they choose the best and bravest fallen warriors. The Valkyries then take these lucky souls up to Odin's hall, Valhalla, where the warriors live for eternity.


Astarte is what would happen if you put Athena and Aphrodite in a blender. (Don't try this at home.) This Phoenician goddess was a goddess of war like Athena, but she was all about love and sex like Aphrodite. Some say that the Greeks actually got the idea for Aphrodite from the Phoenicians. We figure they already had Athena for a war goddess, so they just scraped that part away, leaving only the beautiful Aphrodite behind, all blushing and ready to be worshipped.

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