Dec 09, 2021

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

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  • Title: The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World
  • Author: Adrienne Mayor
  • ISBN: 9780691147208
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Hardcover

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

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  1. The image of the is one of the most intriguing and enduring of ancient Greek myths Yet as novel and extreme as some of these stories are, Mayor makes the assertion that these myths have some bearing in truth The main points of evidence behind her claim are archaeological discoveries along the coast of the Black Sea and Central Asia, with ornate and well stocked tombs and female skeletons buried with weapons raise important questions about the history of the period The most likely candidates for [...]


  2. This book wasquite frankly, it was amazing I ve been trying recently to read non fiction that s written by women and about women, because sometimes that can be difficult to find, particularly when you read predominantly history books So this one, even though it cost me 40, seemed like it would fit the bill perfectly And it did This book is completely fascinating and full of badass ladies The first half is all about the nomadic peoples who lived on the steppes of Central Asia and parts of Europe [...]


  3. The good first this book was a solid example of scholarship that is accessible to the layperson, and Mayor does a good job of surveying the sources and information about s and warrior women from Greece to China Her writing is readable and while the archaeological catalogue of grave items can be exhausting, it is clear that Mayor knows a great deal about her subject.That said I cannot feel good about recommending this book casually, given the way Mayor lays fast and loose with aspects of her scho [...]


  4. I feel like I am cheating to give a book a review when I didn t read the whole thing I m only about halfway through, and I am abandoning ship, or, perhaps better for a book about equestrian nomads, dismounting from this horse I picked up this book because of this fabulous New Yorker blog entry by my friend Josh Rothman, interviewing the author about the real s newyorker books joshua This quick, pithy account of their lives, intoxicants, fashion, and prowess gives what was for me the perfect amou [...]


  5. s were Scythian women, simply.There has been nothing to approach this book before in its examination of every piece of evidence from the Greek world Then, in a chapter wonderfully titled istan Central Asia , she looks for the s , or rather Scythians steppe nomads , own sources These were oral cultures, late written down, and she does slip into the middle ages, if that is as far back as we can go.It s pitched to a 21st century wide audience, and I felt it normalised towards that audience I d like [...]


  6. 3 stars I enjoyed reading about these brave, strong women I think it s great that there are still archeological discoveries of these women with pieces of their history still intact I found it amazing that burial sites in the past were thought to be male, but with recent DNA testing they found out they were women I love that It must have been quite a rugged life fraught with danger that they met head on I think of the 10 year old warrior girl they found and just can t imagine what life would have [...]


  7. 4.5 stars, but possibly 5 depending on what you use it for.The s was not what I expected I expected a smattering of well known folklore superficially retold in an anthology instead, Mayor put together a vividly detailed historical and cultural analysis on the origin and changing interpretation of tales of s The work is divided into four parts In part one, Mayor lays out her thesis she asserts that tales of the s were not merely cautionary tales the Greeks told themselves about the dangers of sex [...]


  8. An amazing book which makes the case, quite persuasively, that the women of Greek myth were not fictional They were female Scythian horse archers, and they were real This is not a light or quick read, as a typical chapter presents some information about the s and then backs up it with lots of evidence from archeology and ancient literature But the content makes it well worth a close read.It turns out stories about the s were told in many cultures, not just by the Greeks, so one can contrast and [...]



  9. I think I was putting off reading the last chapter of this book simply because I didn t actually want it to be over One of the best books I have ever read on the topic of the s, hands down The way that Mayor marries the archeological evidence with her literature review is seamless and fascinating This is definitely a book I am going to return to again and again, both as a classicist and as an artist.


  10. Fascinating, accessible but still impecably documented Many in text illustrations as well as a nice selection of color ones.



  11. At last, the native peoples rose up They ambushed and slaughtered most of the Scythian men The Scythian wives now perceived that they were widows as well as outsiders They took up arms and defended their territory And then the women went on the attack they refused to marry, calling it slavery These women, says Justin, embarked on an enterprise unparalleled in all history, creating and defending a state without men they even killed the husbands who had survived by remaining at home, so that no wo [...]


  12. This is a scholarly book on the origin and how that influenced Greek mythology The author shows that the Scythian origin of the word amazen and the its Greek equivalent and counterpart means equality Both women and men fought in the culture.Ms Mayor traces the cross cultural presence of female warriors not only in Scythian society but that of the Chinese steppe region and even India.Continued at later date


  13. The s is a fairly in depth look at the ancient mythological stories about s and what they say about ancient Greek and other cultures, and also a fascinating look at the Scythian steppe tribes in which we now are pretty certain women served regularly as warriors their horses and archery serving as a great equalizer between the sexes compared to the brute muscle powered hoplite warfare practiced by the Greeks and later perfected by the Romans.For me, the most interesting parts of the book were the [...]


  14. Scholarly and well researched book about the women who inspired the Greek stories The researcher makes a strong case the the warrior nomadic women of the steps Central Asia were the true s Due to the harsh physical and political environment and the use of horses men and women had to be able to hunt and fight This created a equal society The researcher provides archaeological proof, such as graves of these women which held armor, sacrificed horse remains as well as their war injured bodies She c [...]


  15. Adrienne Mayor has written another interesting and informative book about an uncommon topic Mayor starts by taking a look at how the ancient Greeks described the s in their myths legends, literature and art, then comparing this with archaeological evidence bones, burial sites, vases, coins etc to determine truth from fiction She also takes a look at what the ancient Chinese had to say about the s This beautifully written book includes many black and white illustrations, maps and colour plates.


  16. This is a beautifully detailed romp through every red blooded Roman s favorite subject The good news The s were real Mayor does a great job of combining legend and archaeology, and she has a convincing analysis of the faults of previous scholarship, which has dismissed the stories of the s as a mere manifestation of Greco Roman gender ideology The only downside is that her handling of the evidence is often irresponsible She will introduce a shred of evidence, make a wild guess about its implicat [...]


  17. for a book that s largely about pointing out other scholars blind spots, it has weird gaps to my interests she mentions a famous persian warrior queen shirin without mentioning her christianity the auther seems to not know about native asian christian history at all.but I want it on hand as a reference, and I learned some interesting things, so there s that.


  18. A very thorough and scholarly treatment of the legends of ancient Greece and a number of other cultures, and an attempt to find the truth behind the legends Not for the casual reader a very weighty and scholarly tome


  19. An excellent account on the lives and legends of the s This was a book that took me a long time to read because even though I wanted to finish it I found myself googling everything it described


  20. I really enjoyed this book, which mixes anthropology, archaeology, myth, history all in a search for historic women warriors There s lots of interesting information and the book is well written and wide ranging.


  21. Great book just needs a concluding chapter Detailed archaeological research with known mythology to verify women existed throughout regions near and around the Black Sea.


  22. For anyone with an interest in ancient history or the role of women in history, The s is an essential read that takes into account the recent scientific, anthropological and archeological developments that have revolutionised the way ancient history has been reported on up until now Rather than the gendered assumptions that have lead to the narrow pigeon holing of buried human remains being either male or female, we now have technology that allows biological sex to be accurately determined.This, [...]


  23. This book is awesome Dr Mayor provides an incredibly dense and well researched scholarly read while making it exceptionally accessible and fun She blends history, mythology, literature, archaeology, forensic science and historical hearsay to create a compelling picture of barbarian women warriors we ow know today as such as the ancient Scythians, Sarmations, Thracians and the like She also extends beyond them to show their influence even into our modern day, despite the fact that as an illiterat [...]


  24. I was not as impressed with this book as I was with the other two I read from the author about paleonthology and geomythology It is very well researched and well sourced, but I found some questionable statements and ideas in it that the archaeologist in me did not take quite well I was also sad that the Nart sagas did not get attention in the volume, since the basic claim s as steppe nomadic women would have been greatly supported by Nart examples of stories and traditions The catalog of grave [...]


  25. This book was well researched, and the subject matter is fascinating The writing, however, is rather dry, and there are certainly some statements made that I felt were not necessarily fact The thing about academic research, is that ultimately, the academic needs to make an argument in this case, that the s were real people, and that they were, specifically, Scythians I am convinced of the former, not entirely of the latter, and also don t know that the latter even matters that much The s were re [...]


  26. Three stars because this book is exactly what it claims to be, but it just wasn t what I wanted it was checked out at the library based on title alone.This is an extremely thorough and well researched academic style text that examines, as the subtitle states, different myths and realities about various groups of warrior women in ancient history Chapters are devoted to Greek myths, injuries as found in unearthed graves, tattooing, geography, their probable love lives, etc All the facts are clearl [...]


  27. Interesting exploration of an alternative view of history It was eye opening to read about various female warriors, rulers and nomads Mayor does an excellent job of teasing out the probabilities of histories which have been actively suppressed by later societies which probably relied economically on the exploitation of unpaid female domestic labour and didn t want to encourage too much independence.The book s value to me was the breadth of information and its open minded approach to the explorat [...]


  28. 4,5 stars I learnt so many things about women warriors I m glad to know that s were, in a way, real persons, and that they are still remembered in certain regions of the world I also love that the author doesn t only speak about Greeks, but goes from Greece to China The author presents myths, historical facts, archeology there are some repetitions, but she warned the reader in the beginning, informing him that there would be indications as to what chapter alludes to another chapter The only thin [...]


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