The Stanford University historian’s book “The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World,” reveals that such women actually existed in the ancient world.
“Excavations of Eurasian graves have uncovered battle-scarred female skeletons dressed in tunics and trousers, and buried with quivers full of arrows, battle-axes, spears, and horse gear,” Mayor told CNN.
“So we know that genuine warrior women really existed at the time and places reported by the ancient Greeks and other cultures,” she added.
Amazons were immortalized in ancient artifacts such as perfume jars and jewelry boxes. Mayor argues that, “Amazons enjoyed lives very different from Greek women, who were confined indoors doing domestic chores.”
“The radical idea of powerful, independent women living in exotic lands evoked ambivalent emotions in the Greeks: awe, fear, respect, and desire,” she added.
In her book, Mayor tears down some popular myths surrounding the warrior women, such as that they were cutting off one breast so that they could fire an arrow better or that they were man-haters. She further claims that the Amazons were not a fantasy invented by the Greeks or that they were the only ancient people who told such tales.