HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior…
Loading...

The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World (2014)

by Adrienne Mayor

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1692105,615 (3.89)13

None.

Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 13 mentions

Showing 2 of 2
A clear and fascinating new look at the ancient world: http://allbookedup-elena.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-amazons-lives-legends-of-warrio... ( )
  ElenaGwynne | Feb 9, 2015 |
The Amazons is a very detailed account of the myths, legends, and the historical facts behind those stories with myriad references to the writers of antiquity, Greek art, and the archaeological evidence that has been found in Asia from the Black Sea to China. While some of the stories were first recorded more recently they are often based on older legends from the times of Herodotus, Alexander, etc. The burial sites of warrior women that have been excavated have been dated to those times as well. In fact, some ancient burial sites in the Scythian homelands that were assumed to be for male warriors have now been found to be women via DNA analysis. These women were buried with their armor, weapons, and horses just as the men were and show the same signs of battle injuries.

There were legends here that were new to me as well as a great deal of detail about the nomadic clans that gave rise to the stories that the Greeks based their ideas of Amazons on. One of the interesting things is that many of the customs have survived among people living in parts of countries like Kazakhstan in Central Asia. I would cautiously recommend this book but the text is over 400 dense pages and the long section on the archaeology can be a little dry and needs to be read in pieces to avoid a feeling of repetition. The photos, maps, cross referencing and analysis of the stories seem worth it however.
1 vote hailelib | Jan 30, 2015 |
Showing 2 of 2
In this book Adrienne Mayor endeavors to demonstrate that the imaginary Amazons around which ancient Greeks constructed myths actually had contemporary counterparts: the historical “Amazon-like” Scythian warrior women of the nomadic horse-centered warrior cultures of the steppes of Eurasia that stretch to western China.
 
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0691147205, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:08 -0400)

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.… (more)

» see all 2 descriptions

LibraryThing Author

Adrienne Mayor is a LibraryThing Author, an author who lists their personal library on LibraryThing.

profile page | author page

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.89)
0.5
1
1.5
2 1
2.5
3 2
3.5 2
4 5
4.5 1
5 3

HighBridge Audio

An edition of this book was published by HighBridge Audio.

» Publisher information page

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 135,661,800 books! | Top bar: Always visible