Camila de los Voscos aka Camila
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technique charcoal 30 x 42 cm
there are characters like Achilles, Aeneas, Hercules, the beautiful Helen who could represent historical people, who because their stories are very old, came to us in the form of legends.
This is the Camila de los Volscos, she
appears in Roman mythology inherited from Greek mythology, she is the archetype of the Amazons, warriors of classical mythology,
mentioned in the Trojan War, in the duel of Achilles against Penthesilea, the combat of Hercules against Hippolyta and others.
The first-century Roman poet Virgil, Camilla in 1200 BC. C., just after the fall of Troy, and 1300 years after Virgil, she appears in Dante's Divine Comedy
According to legend: Metabus was king and tyrant of Privernus in the Caucasus and fled when his people revolted; carrying her newborn daughter. To cross the river Amaseno tied the baby to a spear or javelin that he threw to the other bank, begging the goddess Artemis (Diana for the Romans) and to Ares god of war (Mars for the Romans), to give him the necessary strength, and the spear fell to the other side, where he was reunited with his daughter.
He fed her mare's milk and grew up in the forests of the Volsci in central Italy. Her father educated her in war and archery, in homage to the gods who saved her.
Over the years she becomes a very beautiful young woman of great courage, agile warrior who had never been defeated in the many battles in which she led her adopted people the Volsci, they say that when she ran her feet seemed to float on the ground and she was known as Camila, warrior virgin, leader of the Volsci.
She was coveted by many men, but she rejected even the best suitors because she had dedicated her life to the occupations of the god of war.
She was eventually killed by the Etruscan Arrunte, who in turn dies at the hands of a nymph sent by Diana to avenge her protégé.
Note: for thousands of years, it was believed that the Trojan War had been born in the mind of the poet Homer, until in the 19th century H. Schliemann followed the itinerary written in the Iliad, in 1870 he found the city of Troy under seven cities each, built on the ruins of an older one, so there is some truth in Ulysses, Achilles, Hector, Helen, Menelaus so it is not unreasonable to suppose that the stories of the warrior women have some truth, claimed by Camilla, warrior virgin and leader of the Volsci