READ The s By Adrienne Mayor ´ E-book or Kindle E-pub

READ The s By Adrienne Mayor

READ The s By Adrienne Mayor ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Þ The real history of the s in war and loves fierce warrior women dwelling on the fringes of the known world were the mythic archenemies of the ancient Greeks Heracles and Achilles displayed their valor in duels with ueens and the Athenians reveled in their victory over a Tively arguing that a timeless search for a balance between the sexes explains the allure of the s Mayor reminds us that there were as many love stories as there were war stories The Greeks were not the only people enchanted by s Mayor shows that warlike women of nomadic cultures inspired exciting tales in ancient Egypt Persia India Central Asia and ChinaDriven by a detective's curiosity Mayor unearths long buried evidence and sifts fact from fiction to show how flesh and blood women of the Eurasian steppes were mythologized as s the euals of men The result is likely to become a classic Kirkus Reviews. Release yourself from expectation; powerful s battling legendary Greek heroes; the Diablo 2 character class; Wonder Woman’s civilization These cultural touchstones are why I came to The s Lives Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World but when the book touches on them they are the least of it The book shines when it supports its core thesis real history And it does this nearly every step of the way staying true to its narrative with constant citation and support The horse was the great eualizer of males and females on the steppes probably one of the chief reasons for the nomads’ noteworthy gender euality A skilled archer horsewoman could hold her own against men in battle Riding horses liberated women bestowing freedom of movement and an exhilarating challenging life outdoors Among the Greeks only men enjoyed such physical independence in the open air; women were ideally confined indoors at home On the steppes men and women alike could travel vast distances with changes of horses bred for endurance Horses leveled out difference in male and female strength providing the mobility and muscle to transport riders and heavy gear weapons armor household goods plunder and large game Horse riding also demanded comfortable convenient unisex clothes Because girls could learn to ride tame and control horses and shoot arrows just as well as boys the steppe culture was the perfect environment for women to become mounted hunters and fighters The isolated uote above does nothing compared to four hundred pages reuired to see the book’s true power And I heartily recommend reading s not just selections but the whole book Here is whyThere was penciled underlining in the prologue—academia seeping in—before the trail went cold at the start of Chapter One Nearly a month passed and I had forgotten the vandal scribe when it picked back up again in Part 3 s in Greek and Roman Myth Legend and History Someone jumped the line most likely picking out the parts that seemed to be the most appealing or relevant to their coursework or curriculum A fair move acknowledged by the author “ Anticipating that some readers might skip ahead and turn directly to chapters of greatest personal curiosity or interest I have included plentiful cross references to relevant discussions” This caveat raised my hackles but fret not it is no demurral for the padding standard in nonfiction anthologies In fact there were at least a dozen times when something was cited—“Archaeologist Polomak described a similar versatility for the long woolen skirt worn by the Ice Princess chapter 6”—and all i wanted was a refresher on who exactly the Ice Princess was and why her skirt was importantThese coupled rationales—the lack of repetition between chapters and the prima facie uninteresting sections that turn out to be the most fascinating—are important than the cool uotes I want to feed into this review Out of context though the stories of Teuta pirating the Romans without mercy or the Maiden of Yue founding Chinese martial arts theory don’t land with the same impact The history is important Don’t skip around The s is a long book but it is paced well Each chapter builds on or toward a unified whole Not many nonfiction books can say that

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The real history of the s in war and loves fierce warrior women dwelling on the fringes of the known world were the mythic archenemies of the ancient Greeks Heracles and Achilles displayed their valor in duels with ueens and the Athenians reveled in their victory over a powerful army In historical times Cyrus of Persia Alexander the Great and the Roman general Pompey tangled with sBut just who were these bold barbarian archers on horseback who gloried in fighting hunting and sexual freedom Were s real In this deeply researched wide ranging and lavishly illustrated book National Book Award finalist Adr. The good first this book was a solid example of scholarship that is accessible to the layperson and Mayor does a good job of surveying the sources and information about s and warrior women from Greece to China Her writing is readable and while the archaeological catalogue of grave items can be exhausting it is clear that Mayor knows a great deal about her subjectThat said I cannot feel good about recommending this book casually given the way Mayor lays fast and loose with aspects of her scholarship She seems too uick to me for one to dismiss the idea that s or warrior women in general might be used in myth or folklore to do some kind of cultural work for instance having to do with gender roles or the Other in the service of her point that the s were a historical reality The archaeological evidence is indeed compelling that there were at one time women who fought in ancient warfare but too often Mayor leaps from these discoveries comprising a uarter of burials found to euating myth with history Mayor in general seldom distinguishes between myth or folklore and historical record and does little examining of her sources or their factual reliability Every ancient writing appears to have some basis in factual events Mayor also seems to lump a large number of cultures together in this book with little examination of how their differences might be relevant to the role of warrior women in their mythhistory This is evident in the frankly lazy way Mayor conflates the terms and Scythian with modern ethnic groups In short Mayor's critical scholarship seems to have suffered in favor of overemphasizing her thesis that there were real women who were the euals of men While a large and growing body of archaeological evidence supports her Mayor stretches too far In one particularly memorable instance she lovingly imagines a romantic interlude between an and her lover complete with tasteful fade to black Maybe I am too accustomed to academic classical scholarship which constantly hedges its bets and comments on the unreliability of ancient writers However I do not feel that caution and careful examination of source material must be sacrificed for the sake of drama Mayor's survey of records of warrior women is undoubtedly valuable Where she falters is the conclusions she draws from these records

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The s By Adrienne MayIenne Mayor presents the s as they have never been seen before This is the first comprehensive account of warrior women in myth and history across the ancient world from the Mediterranean Sea to the Great Wall of ChinaMayor tells how amazing new archaeological discoveries of battle scarred female skeletons buried with their weapons prove that women warriors were not merely figments of the Greek imagination Combining classical myth and art nomad traditions and scientific archaeology she reveals intimate surprising details and original insights about the lives and legends of the women known as s Provoca. 45 stars but possibly 5 depending on what you use it for The s was not what I expected I expected a smattering of well known folklore superficially retold in an anthology; instead Mayor put together a vividly detailed historical and cultural analysis on the origin and changing interpretation of tales of s The work is divided into four parts In part one Mayor lays out her thesis; she asserts that tales of the s were not merely cautionary tales the Greeks told themselves about the dangers of sexual euality though they certainly were at that but a distorted interpretation of existent cultures foreign to the Greeks—namely Scythian as well as other steppe cultures from Central Asia—that showed a marked degree of sexual euality Essentially Mayor argues that because of the practical necessities of life on the plains there was greater participation among women in roles that the Greeks deemed the exclusive province of males which included warfare and hunting Mayor succinctly lays out her evidence for such a claim in this first section and it's based on a satisfying variety of factors that include interpretation of the ian mythological geography depictions of traditional costume on Greek pottery and its similarity to the traditional garb of steppe cultures an examination of the osteological evidence in particular recent evidence that as many as 40% of the tombs and barrows unearthed of male warriors in the Black Sea region were actually women as well as linguistic and philological evidence of loan words the Greeks borrowed from Persian or other Central Asian sources I think she proves her case than satisfactorilyPart two contains an analysis of themes from famous stories to assemble a sort of cultural analysis of the ian culture and a parallel analysis of Central Asian horse culture to further strengthen the arguments presented in part one Here's where the analysis can become somewhat redundant It almost feels as if Mayor is worried that her conclusions are going to be dismissed out of hand—and perhaps that's a legitimate fear when challenging the accepted wisdom of Greek historical orthodoxy after centuries with a thesis that states that the s were in fact uite real Here Mayor takes great care to point out that the myths themselves aren't to be taken at face value and presents a sort of hybrid interpretation of the traditional stories in the Greek tradition while recounting historical studies of Central Asian cultures For example rather than asserting that a real society of dominant women with no males was the source of the tales Mayor suggests that the high degree of euality the confrontation of women warriors in armor and on horseback the relatively liberal attitudes towards sex led the sexually conservative Greeks to use these cultures as a touchstone for imagining their wildest fears women holding men in submission women running society shudder Mayor explores fashion drug use tattooing sex politics music and of course warfare to show how stunned Greeks could draw such conclusions and place them in their mythology Again the analysis is thorough but very repetitive in places a problem I'll address laterPart three is the catalogue of famous stories that I anticipated would be the bulk of the book To my surprise in addition to a simple recounting of tales of women such as Hippolyte and Penthesilea Mayor once again outdoes herself by recounting alternate versions of the tale and the evolution of the tales through time before providing a synthesized version that attempts to look for real historical roots It's cleverly and exhaustively done and extraordinarily well sourcedPart four is the icing on the cake as Mayor recounts like tales from cultures other than the Greek including tales from both China and Iran that might once again pin down the truth and lift the mythological veil The section is an added bonus I didn't expectThere aren't many shortcomings here The s is a readable but academically rigorous study of the mythology and history that highlights the syncretism of Greek and Central Asian culture where they mingled along the edges of the Black Sea Mayor herself admits in the introduction that she anticipates her work to be perused in pieces with the reader choosing what interests them like an anthology I strongly suspect that's the major reason for her choice to repeat and weave the same essential facts throughout the narrative She self references copiously pointing to other chapters in text to direct readers to other potential areas of interest and if I was reading this over a longer period of time or in pieces I don't think I'd have found the repetition as tedious as I did trying to blast through it in a couple of sessions That being said I couldn't help but be impressed with the depth and breadth of Mayor's knowledge Everything from osteological archeology to philology is covered in laborious but fascinating detail She's an expert and she's good at telling a tale and letting her enthusiasm for her subject shine through I definitely plan to add this to my collection in the future