All rights reserved. An print shows an Amazon, perhaps Penthesilea, Queen of the Amazons, about to spear a panther. The Amazons got a bum rap in antiquity. They wore trousers. They smoked pot, covered their skin with tattoos, rode horses, and fought as hard as the guys. Legends sprang up like weeds.
The Amazon Women: Is There Any Truth Behind the Myth?
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For centuries, scholars assumed that Greek myths about fierce warrior women they called Amazons were just that — myths. But new archaeology confirms what modern historians like Adrienne Mayor from Stanford University had begun to suspect: Amazons were very much real, and they were actually Scythian nomads. Earlier this month in Russia, archaeologists found the gravesites of four female warrior women — buried together along with their weapons. Mayor says it's the first time archaeologists have discovered remains of warrior women within a range of ages, from about 45 to 50 years old down to about 12 years old.
Apollonius Rhodius , in his Argonautica , mentions that the Amazons were the daughters of Ares and Harmonia a nymph of the Akmonian Wood , that they were brutal and aggressive, and their main concern in life was war. Herodotus and Strabo place them on the banks of the Thermodon River. Notable queens of the Amazons are Penthesilea , who participated in the Trojan War , and her sister Hippolyta , whose magical girdle, given to her by her father Ares , was the object of one of the labours of Heracles.
Amazon women also crop up in Greek myths. One of the labors of Hercules, for example, required him to acquire the girdle of the Amazon queen, Hippolyte. The Amazons of Greek mythology most likely had no connection to the women of the steppes, says archaeologist Jeannine Davis-Kimball. This painting on a Greek vase depicts an Amazon woman warrior on horseback engaged in battle. A history of sorts: The works of the Greek historian Herodotus, written around the 5th century B.