Alcestis Historical fiction

Also, this is too lovely not to share.

I try not to use my blog as a tumblr, but this seems just Alcestis-appropriate enough to squeak by: historical fiction from a different era. (It’s somewhat difficult to search for historical fictions about Amazons these days.) I don’t know enough about the evolution of the Amazon myth to know when it got this prettified. No “man-slayers” here, just a little light domination. Still, if that prettifying involves Katharine Hepburn in greaves, I guess I’m all right with it.

Found at this tumblr, with the following caption:

Katharine Hepburn as Amazon warrior princess Antiope & Colin Keith-Johnston as Theseus in stage production of The Warrior’s Husband (1932) (via corbis)

“Who is Katharine Hepburn? It took me a long time to create that creature.”

Apparently there was a film version of The Warrior’s Husband produced in 1933. It didn’t star Hepburn.


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