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Wed Jan 7, 2015, 12:32 AM

Amazon Warriors Did Indeed Fight and Die Like Men

The Amazons got a bum rap in antiquity. They wore trousers. They smoked pot, covered their skin with tattoos, rode horses, and fought as hard as the guys. Legends sprang up like weeds. They cut off their breasts to fire their bows better! They mutilated or killed their boy children! Modern (mostly male) scholars continued the confabulations. The Amazons were hard-core feminists. Man haters. Delinquent mothers. Lesbians.

Drawing on a wealth of textual, artistic, and archaeological evidence, Adrienne Mayor, author of The Amazons, dispels these myths and takes us inside the truly wild and wonderful world of these ancient warrior women.

Talking from her home in Palo Alto, California, she explains what Johnny Depp has in common with Amazons, why the Amazon spirit is breaking out all over pop culture, and who invented trousers.

We associate the word Amazon with digital book sales these days. Tell us about the real Amazons.

The real Amazons were long believed to be purely imaginary. They were the mythical warrior women who were the archenemies of the ancient Greeks. Every Greek hero or champion, from Hercules to Theseus and Achilles, had to prove his mettle by fighting a powerful warrior queen.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141029-amazons-scythians-hunger-games-herodotus-ice-princess-tattoo-cannabis/

xposted = http://www.democraticunderground.com/12191592 thank you, icymist

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Wed Jan 7, 2015, 01:29 AM

1. Fascinating read.

I knew nothing, and now I know something. Learning is fun

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Wed Jan 7, 2015, 03:21 AM

2. Facinating interview, now I have to read her book. Thanks Tuesday! We do need to remember that much

history is written from a male, patriarchal point of view; no wonder those women were written as soo scary.

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Wed Jan 7, 2015, 12:10 PM

3. Excellent read!

Love this

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Thu Jan 8, 2015, 09:11 AM

4. Awesome!

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