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The Amazons : lives and legends of warrior women across the ancient world

Author: Adrienne Mayor
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2016. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Amazons--fierce warrior women dwelling on the fringes of the known world--were the mythic archenemies of the ancient Greeks. Heracles and Achilles displayed their valor in duels with Amazon queens, and the Athenians reveled in their victory over a powerful Amazon army. In historical times, Cyrus of Persia, Alexander the Great, and the Roman general Pompey tangled with Amazons. But just who were these bold barbarian  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adrienne Mayor
ISBN: 0691170274 9780691170275
OCLC Number: 919479482
Language Note: Text in English.
Description: xiv, 519 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 21 cm
Contents: Atalanta, the Greek Amazon --
Ancient puzzles and modern myths --
Scythia, Amazon homeland --
Sarmatians, a love story --
Bones : archaeology of Amazons --
Breasts : one or two? --
Skin : tattooed Amazons --
Naked Amazons --
Sex and love --
Drugs, dance, and music --
The Amazon way --
Horses, dogs, and eagles --
Who invented trousers? --
Armed and dangerous : weapons and warfare --
Amazon languages and names --
Hippolyte and Heracles --
Antiope and Theseus --
Battle for Athens --
Penthesilea and Achilles at Troy --
Amazons at sea --
Thalestris and Alexander the Great --
Hypsicratea, King Mithradates, and Pompey's Amazons --
Caucasia, crossroads of Eurasia --
Persia, Egypt, North Africa, Arabia --
Amazonistan : Central Asia --
China --
Appendix: Names of Amazons and warrior women in ancient literature and art from the Mediterranean to China.
Responsibility: Adrienne Mayor.

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"Amazons--fierce warrior women dwelling on the fringes of the known world--were the mythic archenemies of the ancient Greeks. Heracles and Achilles displayed their valor in duels with Amazon queens, and the Athenians reveled in their victory over a powerful Amazon army. In historical times, Cyrus of Persia, Alexander the Great, and the Roman general Pompey tangled with Amazons. But just who were these bold barbarian archers on horseback who gloried in fighting, hunting, and sexual freedom? Were Amazons real? In this deeply researched, wide-ranging, and lavishly illustrated book, National Book Award finalist Adrienne Mayor presents the Amazons as they have never been seen before. This is the first comprehensive account of warrior women in myth and history across the ancient world, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Great Wall of China. Mayor tells how amazing new archaeological discoveries of battle-scarred female skeletons buried with their weapons prove that women warriors were not merely figments of the Greek imagination. Combining classical myth and art, nomad traditions, and scientific archaeology, she reveals intimate, surprising details and original insights about the lives and legends of the women known as Amazons. Provocatively arguing that a timeless search for a balance between the sexes explains the allure of the Amazons, Mayor reminds us that there were as many Amazon love stories as there were war stories. The Greeks were not the only people enchanted by Amazons--Mayor shows that warlike women of nomadic cultures inspired exciting tales in ancient Egypt, Persia, India, Central Asia, and China."--Publisher's description.

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