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

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.

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  1. Anonymous

    Would recommend! One of the best non-fiction books I’ve ever read. I am totally fascinated by it, and so sad that we have lost so much history about these amazing warrior women. It’s an academic book, but it doesn’t read like one. I wish I had more time to sit and read the whole thing – right now I’m reading bits of it as I wait to pick up my kids from school and it’s hard to put it down again!I have the electronic version of it, but this is one that I wished I had bought as a hard copy so that the…

  2. Anonymous

    Absolutely Worth Reading and Re-Reading Adrienne Mayor takes on every stereotype and myth about the Amazons and methodically grinds them to dust, from “man-hating” to “single-breasted” to Wonder Woman. Instead of “proving” Amazons existed from a Greek mythological viewpoint, Mayor’s use of archaeological evidence and sources outside the Hellenic world paints a realistic world of women warriors in the Eurasian Steppes. Women who were full, rounded people: they lived a warrior’s life as well as loving men,…

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