E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Queen of the Amazons, and daughter of Mars. Shakespeare has introduced the character in his Mid-summer Nights Dream, where he betroths her to Theseus, Duke of Athens. In classic fable it is her sister Antiop who married Theseus, although some writers justify Shakespeares account. Hippolyta was famous for a girdle given her by her father, and it was one of the twelve labours of Herculs to possess himself of this prize.