The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World

The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World

Adrienne Mayor

Amazons--fierce warrior girls residing at the fringes of the identified world--were the mythic archenemies of the traditional Greeks. Heracles and Achilles displayed their valor in duels with Amazon queens, and the Athenians reveled of their victory over a robust Amazon military. In old occasions, Cyrus of Persia, Alexander the nice, and the Roman normal Pompey tangled with Amazons.

But simply who have been those daring barbarian archers on horseback who gloried in combating, searching, and sexual freedom? have been Amazons genuine? during this deeply researched, wide-ranging, and lavishly illustrated e-book, nationwide ebook Award finalist Adrienne Mayor offers the Amazons as they've got by no means been obvious ahead of. this is often the 1st complete account of warrior girls in fantasy and background around the old global, from the Mediterranean Sea to the nice Wall of China.

Mayor tells how remarkable new archaeological discoveries of battle-scarred woman skeletons buried with their guns end up that ladies warriors weren't simply figments of the Greek mind's eye. Combining classical fable and artwork, nomad traditions, and clinical archaeology, she finds intimate, astonishing information and unique insights concerning the lives and legends of the ladies often called Amazons. Provocatively arguing undying look for a stability among the sexes explains the attract of the Amazons, Mayor reminds us that there have been as many Amazon love tales as there have been battle tales. The Greeks weren't the single humans enchanted by way of Amazons--Mayor exhibits that warlike ladies of nomadic cultures encouraged interesting stories in historical Egypt, Persia, India, critical Asia, and China.

Driven by means of a detective's interest, Mayor reveals long-buried proof and sifts truth from fiction to teach how flesh-and-blood girls of the Eurasian steppes have been mythologized as Amazons, the equals of fellows. the result's more likely to turn into a classic.

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