Aegea | Amazon Queen

Aegea Greek Mythology

Aegean (c. 1200 BC) is a mythical Libyan queen known in ancient Greece. Legend has it that she commanded an army of female Amazon warriors who traveled from Libya to Asia Minor to fight at Troy.

Contemporary art

In 1979, American feminist artist Judy Chicago created a work entitled The Dinner Party, now on display at the Brooklyn Museum, in which she included the heroine Aegean among the 1,038 women she depicted.

The work takes the form of a triangular table of 39 guests (13 per side), each guest being a woman, either a historical or mythical figure. The names of the other 999 women appear on the base of the work. The name of Aegeus appears on the base: she is associated with the Amazons, the seventh guest of the first wing of the table.