In Greek mythology, the Gargareans, or Gargarenses, (Greek: Γαργαρείς Gargareis) were an all-male tribe. They copulated with the Amazons annually in order to keep both tribes reproductive. The Amazons kept the female children, raising them as warriors, and gave the males to the Gargareans.[1]

Gargareans (Gargari) in the North Caucasus on a fragment of Henry Teesdale's map of the Ancient Roman Empire.

The ancient Greek geographer Strabo placed the Gargareans on the northern foothills of the Caucasus. Several scholars attribute them to the Galgaï.[2][3][4] According to professor E. Krupnov, the accuracy of the localization of Strabo's Gargareans in "Galga-chuv" (Ingushetia) is confirmed by archaeological, anthropological and ethnographic data.[5] Gaius Plinius Secundus likewise localizes the Gargareans north of the Caucasus Mountains, but calls them Gegar.[6] Jaimoukha believes them to be a component of the ancestry of the Nakh peoples, equivalent or at least related to the Georgian name Dzurdzuks, and notes that Gargareans comes from one of many Nakh roots - gargara (Ingush) or gergara (Chechen), meaning, in fact, "kindred" in proto-Nakh.[7]

In popular mediaEdit

  • In DC Comics, the Gargareans are an all-male tribe of undead Greek warriors, revived by Zeus to serve as male counterparts to the Amazons of Themyscira, living on the Island of Thalarion forbidden to women. Their king is the specially created wonder warrior Achilles Warkiller.[8]
  • In Hercules and the Amazon Women, Hercules and Iolaus are brought to the Gargarean village, in which they are asked for help about monsters terrorising them, only for it to turn out that the monsters are the Amazons.
  • In The Venture Bros, Season 6 Episode 1, Warriana, an Amazon, says "See you around, Gargarean." to Brock Samson after he expresses his desire for her under the influence of her Truth Lasso. In later episodes the two characters begin a sexual relationship.


  1. ^ Strabo, Geography, Bk. 11, Ch. 5, Sec. 1
  2. ^ Julius von Klaproth (1812). Reise in Den Kaukasus Und Nach Georgien Unternommen in Den Jahren 1807 Und 1808 (in German). Halle und Berlin. pp. 650–651.
  3. ^ А.И. Робакидзе (1968). Кавказский этнографический сборник. Очерки этнографии Горной Ингушетии (in Russian). Тбилиси: Мецниереба. pp. 15, 27, 204.
  4. ^ Adrienne Mayor (2016). The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World. Princeton University Press. p. 361. ISBN 9780691170275.
  5. ^ Е.И. Крупнов (1971). Средневековая Ингушетия [Medieval Ingushetia] (in Russian). Москва: Наука. p. 26.
  6. ^ Латышев В.В. Известия древних писателей греческих и латинских о Скифии и Кавказе, т. 1, Греческие писатели, СПб, 1890; т.2, Латинские писатели, вып.1, СПб, 1904, вып.2, СПб, 1906; Крупнов Е. И. Ук.соч., page.25.
  7. ^ Jaimoukha. The Chechens. Page 30
  8. ^ DC Comics' Gargareans