On the Trail of the Women Warriors: The Amazons in Myth and History / Edition 1

On the Trail of the Women Warriors: The Amazons in Myth and History / Edition 1

by Lyn Webster Wilde
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312262132

ISBN-13: 9780312262136

Pub. Date: 07/24/2000

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

"Golden-shielded, silver-sworded, man-loving, male-child slaughtering Amazons." That is how the fifth century Greek historian Hellanicus described the Amazons, and they have fascinated society ever since. Did they really exist? Until recently scholars consigned them to the world of myth, but Lyn Webster Wilde journeyed into the homeland of the Amazons, and

Overview

"Golden-shielded, silver-sworded, man-loving, male-child slaughtering Amazons." That is how the fifth century Greek historian Hellanicus described the Amazons, and they have fascinated society ever since. Did they really exist? Until recently scholars consigned them to the world of myth, but Lyn Webster Wilde journeyed into the homeland of the Amazons, and uncovered astonishing evidence of their historic reality.

North of the Black Sea she found archaeological excavations of graves of Iron Age women buried with arrows, swords, and armor. In the hidden world of the Hittites, near the Amazons' ancient capital of Themiscyra in Anatolia, she unearthed traces of powerful priestesses, women-only religious cults and an armed bisexual goddess - all possible sources for the ferocious warrior women.

Combining scholarly penetration with a sense of adventure, Webster Wilde has explored a largely unknown field and produced a coherent and absorbing book, which challenges our preconceived notions of what men and women can do.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312262136
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
07/24/2000
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsxi
Time Chartxiv
Mapsxvi
Introduction: Who Were the Amazons?1
1 Essence of Amazon11
2 The Secret of the Steppes37
3 Artemis, Bright and Dark69
4 The Medusa Face of the Goddess91
5 The Hittite Sphinx107
6 The Source133
7 The Ghost-dancers157
8 The Last Amazons177
Notes193
Glossary199
Index207

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