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Amazons: Warrior Women in Myth, Art, and History


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Film Description:Amazons—fierce horsewomen-archers on the fringes of the known world—were the mythic archenemies of the ancient Greeks. Heracles and Achilles battled Amazon queens and the Athenians reveled in their victory over an Amazon army. But who were these bold barbarian archers on horseback who gloried in fighting, hunting, and freedom? Adrienne Mayor, Research Scholar, Stanford University Classics Department, reveals surprising details and new insights about the lives of flesh-and-blood women of the Eurasian steppes who were mythologized as Amazons.
Video Category:Lecture
Video Date:11/22/2014
Contributor: Adrienne Mayor
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