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


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.


Being in the UK, I am not able to purchase any of these books in dollars. and in any case I would never buy from Amazon - they do not pay their taxes.

Can not you have your own arrangements for sales of books ?

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Hello Veronica-Mae, we don’t have the resources to sell books directly at this stage. However, you can find almost all the books we promote in the UK. For this book, you can buy it directly from Princeton, if you don’t want to use Amazon: 

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Amazon women were female tetraploid humans (giants) that did exist. There are many other tetraploid humans still alive and well flying around in UFOs and USOs. This is FORBIDDEN KNOWLEDGE as these highly advanced humans do not want their existence known. They help and hinder humanity and have been around since the last ice age according to my theory which is explained in Secrets of the Pink Kush by William H. Bradshaw.


Amazon Women and the Trojan Wars:

William H. Bradhaw, Dipl. T, CPIM