The Reign of the Phallus: Sexual Politics in Ancient Athens, p. 34:
…no mythology so teems with tales of male supremacy as does the Attic. Athenian mythological phallicism takes various forms. There are the countless stories of the clubbing, stabbing, and strangling to death of sundry animals and monsters of fantasy; second, there are the manifold tales of rape, a theme in which no other mythology has been as rich as the Attic. The mythological rape is generally that of a mortal female by a male divinity or hero, although homosexual and reverse variants occur. A third category of typically Athenian motifs consists of tales of goddesses who could not or would not bear children, and of stories of male motherhood, in which offspring are born from parts of the male anatomy or directly from the male semen.
An especially characteristic theme in Athenian mythology, next to the motif of rape, is the killing or subduing of the rebellious female. The most notable example is the Amazonomachia, or the battle between Greeks and Amazons…. Wherever an Athenian turned his eyes, he was likely to encounter the effigy of one of his mythological ancestors, stabbing or clubbing an Amazon to death….
The most telling aspect of Attic mythological “history” is the intertwining of phallocratic motifs of slaughter, aggression, and rape with patriotic themes.