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Adrienne Mayor

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Adrienne Mayor

ADRIENNE MAYOR is a research scholar in the Classics Department and History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Program at Stanford University.

She is the author of  The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World  (Princeton 2014); The First Fossil Hunters: Dinosaurs, Mammoths and Myths in Greek and Roman Times (Princeton 2000, rev. ed. 2011);  Fossil Legends of the First Americans  (Princeton 2005);  Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World  (Overlook/Duckworth 2003, rev. ed. 2009);  The Poison King: Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy  (Princeton 2010, National Book Award nonfiction finalist); and numerous scholarly and popular articles.

Her books are translated into 11 languages and her work is featured on NPR, BBC, History Channel, New York Times , USA Today, Smithsonian , and National Geographic. Mayor is a regular contributor at the award-winning history of science website WondersandMarvels.com.

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