Myths & Legends

According to myth, the Amazonian were an all-female society of fierce warriors who supposedly lived in the area north of the Black Sea about 700 years before the fifth century BC. The debate whether Amazonian existed intensified when Jeannine Davis-Kimball, the head archaeologist of a site in Kazakhstan, unearthed burial sites which support the existence of women warriors. Females were found buried with weapons. Greek mythology describes the Amazonian women as descendants of the god of war, Ares, and the sea nymph, Harmonia.

They worshiped Artemis, goddess of the hunt and exactly where their territory was, has always been disputed. Herodotus believed they may have occupied the sweeping steppes of Southern Russia. Other stories claim they lived in Thrace or along the lower Caucasus Mountains in northern Albania. The Thermodon River, in Asia Minor, known today as the coast of Turkey, seems to be the most frequently mentioned territory of the Amazonian women. Stories of beautiful and bloodthirsty female warrior women thundering across arid battlefields have been told, re-told and speculated over for thousands of years by many cultures.

Greek myths are filled with tales of the Amazonian women warriors and their exploits, love affairs and battles. The Greeks, Romans and other early civilizations wrote about or depicted these warriors in their art. The name Amazon has survived through the ages as a generic term for women warriors. But until recently most of the historians who accepted these same ancient authors and artists as credible sources for information on other aspects of their society dismissed their descriptions of the Amazon women warrior as myth.

 

There is a growing body of evidence that the Amazonian women were as real as the civilizations who wrote of them.


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