Logline: Amazons, ï¬erce warrior women dwelling on the fringes of the known world, were the mythic archenemies of the ancient Greeks. In historical times, Cyrus of Persia, Alexander the Great, and the Roman general Pompey tangled with Amazons. But just who were these bold barbarians on horseback who gloried in ï¬ghting, hunting, and sexual freedom? In this deeply researched book National Book Award ï¬nalist Adrienne Mayor presents the ï¬rst comprehensive account of warrior women in myth and history across the ancient world, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Great Wall of China sifting fact from ï¬ction to show how ï¬‚esh-and-blood women of the Eurasian steppes were mythologized as Amazons.
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