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

de Adrienne Mayor (2014)




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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.

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2017 Editions La découverte

Française Langue française | Traduit par Philippe Pignarre | 562 pages | Sortie : Septembre 2017 | ISBN : 9782707194664

2016 Editions Princeton university press

Anglaise Langue anglaise | 536 pages

2014 Editions Princeton university press

Anglaise Langue anglaise | 536 pages

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  • BlueMoon Le 27 Février 2018 à 20:43
    J'ai adoré apprendre que les Amazones ont, en quelque sorte, vraiment existé ! J'ai adoré que l'auteure ne se concentre pas exclusivement sur la vision des Grecs, j'ai adoré découvrir des mythes et des faits historiques à propos de femmes guerrières de la Grèce jusqu'en Chine ! L'auteure nous parle d'archéologies, d'hypothèses, et de fiction ; une mine d'informations !

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