25. Autokhthe. One of the only two daughters of Perseus and Andromeda. A certain feminist website dedicated to ancient Amazons claims that she was an Amazon. Anyone reasonably for/against that notion?
Every once in a while there's some new bit of random info I stumble upon - & surprsingly Wikipedia's got plenty of these... nuggets. So, if we're to believe the Wikipedia article on Autochthe, John Tzetzes and Lykophronos have a somewhat different view of this character in comparison to the website I was talking about, because both authors mention Autokhthe's role in the mythology being that she was the wife the Athenian king Aigeus [Aegeus] and bore him several daughters but no sons. In one tradition she was the king's only wife but in others she is one of a few women who he married and divorced because they gave him either no male heirs to his throne or no children at all.25. I thought Amazons were born, not adopted, at least not in this early part of their history. But if there is another case in Greek mythology of an Amazon by adoption, then I’ll accept it. Her sister, Gorgophone, was the first woman who refused to kill herself on her husband’s death, and Autokhthe means ‘self-created’, so maybe those two ideas imply a strong woman who bucks society’s oppressions, which modern feminists assume equates with being an Amazon.
I've read elsewhere that Aigeus was first married to a certain Melite (or Meta), whom he divorced (no kids) before marrying the Abantid princess Khalkiope, whom he also divorced (also no kids) before fathering Theseus upon the Troizenian princess Aithra (without ever making an honest woman of her but leaving her with the task of raising their kid by herself, although he should come to Athens to claim his inheritance if he could lift a huge rock under which Aigeus buried a sword and pair of shoes). After that he married the Colchian princess Medeia, who, according to some versions of the story, bore him another son Medos, who founded the great empire of the Medes in the Middle East. Anyone have an idea where Autokhthe would go in the sequence of wives (and divorcées... and the single mom from Troizene)? And whether there're any other such women in Aigeus' life? Oh, and if Autokhthe bore daughters to Aigeus then that means that Theseus had [half-]sisters. Any ideas about whether it's mentioned how many they were, or what their names were?