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The Amazons : Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World / Adrienne Mayor.

Author/Creator:
Mayor, Adrienne, author.
Edition:
Pilot project. eBook available to selected US libraries only
Publication:
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2014]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource : 15 color illustrations 71 halftones. 10 maps.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
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.Driven by a detective's curiosity, Mayor unearths long-buried evidence and sifts fact from fiction to show how flesh-and-blood women of the Eurasian steppes were mythologized as Amazons, the equals of men. The result is likely to become a classic.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Prologue: Atalanta, the Greek Amazon
Part 1. Who Were the Amazons?
1. Ancient Puzzles and Modern Myths
2. Scythia, Amazon Homeland
3. Sarmatians, a Love Story
Part 2. Historical Women Warriors and Classical Traditions
4. Bones: Archaeology of Amazons
5. Breasts: One or Two?
6. Skin: Tattooed Amazons
7. Naked Amazons
8. Sex and Love
9. Drugs, Dance, and Music
10. The Amazon Way
11. Horses, Dogs, and Eagles
12. Who Invented Trousers?
13. Armed and Dangerous: Weapons and Warfare
14. Amazon Languages and Names
Part 3. Amazons in Greek and Roman Myth, Legend, and History
15. Hippolyte and Heracles
16. Antiope and Theseus
17. Battle for Athens
18. Penthesilea and Achilles at Troy
19. Amazons at Sea
20. Thalestris and Alexander the Great
21. Hypsicratea, King Mithradates, and Pompey's Amazons
Part 4. Beyond the Greek World
22. Caucasia, Crossroads of Eurasia
23. Persia, Egypt, North Africa, Arabia
24. Amazonistan: Central Asia
25. China
Appendix: Names of Amazons and Warrior Women in Ancient. Literature and Art from the Mediterranean to China
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Mai 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
ISBN:
9781400865130
OCLC:
887802877
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9781400865130 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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