Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World (Paperback)
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Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World (Paperback)

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Published: 19/04/2018
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Since the time of the ancient Greeks we have been fascinated by accounts of the Amazons, an elusive tribe of hard-fighting, horse-riding female warriors. Equal to men in battle, legends claimed they cut off their right breasts to improve their archery skills and routinely killed their male children to purify their ranks.

For centuries people believed in their existence and attempted to trace their origins. Artists and poets celebrated their battles and wrote of Amazonia. Spanish explorers, carrying these tales to South America, thought they lived in the forests of the world’s greatest river, and named it after them.

In the absence of evidence, we eventually reasoned away their existence, concluding that these powerful, sexually liberated female soldiers must have been the fantastical invention of Greek myth and storytelling. Until now.

Following decades of new research and a series of groundbreaking archeological discoveries, we now know these powerful warrior queens did indeed exist. In Amazons, John Man travels to the grasslands of Central Asia, from the edge of the ancient Greek world to the borderlands of China, to discover the truth about the warrior women mythologized as Amazons.

In this deeply researched, sweeping historical epic, Man redefines our understanding of the Amazons and their culture, tracking the ancient legend into the modern world and examining its significance today.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780552173285
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 287 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Tremendously entertaining. - Catherine Nixey, The Times

Lively. - Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday

Man, the enthusiastic historian of Asia, dissect the Amazons with sharp scalpel. Vivid and personal. - The Spectator

Entertaining, fascinating, intriguing. However they are portrayed, the Amazons appear to have enduring appeal. - Philip Womack, Literary Review

The Amazonian ideal of strong, independent women, able to take on men on equal terms, remains as fascinating to us now as it was to the ancient Greeks. - Jane Shilling, Daily Mail

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“A good overview, but a bit disappointing.”

Man described the Amazons and their influence on Western culture from the Ancient Greeks to the present day. He recounts the evidence for warrior women in the Scythian cultures of Siberia, explains how the river... More

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“Sadly dissapointing.”

I wanted to love this book. But this is not a history of amazons/ warrior women in the ancient world. Of course the cover drew me in but I was disappointed. While the books covers great detail it is perhaps... More

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