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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Dec 2017 3:41 p.m. PST

"In Greek myth, Amazons were fierce women of exotic lands who gloried in hunting and war. The greatest Greek heroes, Heracles and Achilles, proved their valor by killing Amazon queens. But were Amazons mere fantasy? Thanks to archaeology, we now know they were modeled on real steppe nomads of Eurasia.

In the ancient Greek myths that made them famous, the Amazons were fierce warrior women dwelling on the fringes of the known world, around the Black Sea and beyond. The "equals of men", Amazons were as courageous and skilled in battle as men. In Greek myths, these barbarian women gloried in outdoor life, sexual freedom, hunting, and warfare.

The greatest heroes of Greek myth Heracles, Theseus, and Achilles proved their valor by killing formidable Amazon queens. By the time Homer wrote the Iliad (about 650 BC), every Greek man, woman, and child knew thrilling Amazon tales by heart. Amazons wearing patterned trousers and boots, riding horses, shooting bows, swinging battle-axes, hurling spears, and dying heroically became wildly…"
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goragrad12 Dec 2017 10:01 p.m. PST

One caveat – having been killed by an arrow, axe, or other weapon does not necessarily mean one was a warrior.

Otherwise interesting.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2017 10:59 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed the Reading partially my friend!. (smile)

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