Searching for the Amazons by John Man
The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World

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A great historical resource about a mysterious people that also shows how women, through the ages, have gathered strength from each other and continue to do so today.
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A deeply researched and sweeping history that redefines our understanding of the Amazons and their culture, tracking the ancient legend into the modern world and examining its significance today.

Since the time of the ancient Greeks we have been fascinated by accounts of the Amazons, an elusive tribe of hard-fighting, horse-riding female warriors. Equal to men in battle, legends claimed they cut off their right breasts to improve their archery skills and routinely killed their male children to purify their ranks.

For centuries people believed in their existence and attempted to trace their origins. Artists and poets celebrated their battles and wrote of Amazonia. Spanish explorers, carrying these tales to South America, thought they lived in the forests of the world’s greatest river, and named it after them. In the absence of evidence, we eventually reasoned away their existence, concluding that these powerful, sexually liberated female soldiers must have been the fantastical invention of Greek myth and storytelling. Until now.

Following decades of new research and a series of groundbreaking archeological discoveries, we now know these powerful warrior queens did indeed exist. In Searching for the Amazons, John Man travels to the grasslands of Central Asia―from the edge of the ancient Greek world to the borderlands of China―to discover the truth about the truth about these women whose legend has resonated over the centuries.

 

About John Man

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John Man is a British historian and travel writer with a special interest in Asia. A graduate of Oxford who also has studied at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, Man has written acclaimed and highly successful biographies of Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun, and Kublai Khan, and two works of history: Alpha Beta, the story of the alphabet, and The Gutenberg Revolution, on the invention of printing.
 
Published February 27, 2018 by Pegasus Books. 313 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction
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A great historical resource about a mysterious people that also shows how women, through the ages, have gathered strength from each other and continue to do so today.

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