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

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Macmillan, Jul 8, 2014 - History - 240 pages

"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 in On the Trail of the Women Warriors: The Amazons in Myth and History, which challenges our preconceived notions of what men and women can do.

 

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An unsatisfying Cook's tour of Amazon legends.Filmmaker and broadcaster Wilde suggests that the Amazon myth is not so mythical after all. The women of the Amazon, legend has it, were powerful, fierce ... Read full review

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An intellectual, spiritual, and physical adventure, this book recounts the author's search for the origins of the Amazon myth. Wilde is a broadcaster and film producer rather than a professional ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
Who Were the Amazons?
The Secret of the Steppes
The Medusa Face of the Goddess
The Hittite Sphinx
Copyright

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Lyn Webster Wilde is a broadcaster and filmmaker with a degree in English Literature from Cambridge University. She is married and lives in London. On the Trail of the Women Warriors is her third book.

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