The history of the Amazons

“Bold, resourceful women warriors, the equals of men, dwelling on the fringes of the known world.” — Adrienne Mayor, author of The Amazons

In Ancient Greek times, a woman’s place was in the home. The “barbarian” tribes that bordered the Greeks were nomadic. They whispered horses, eagles and dogs to be their allies. By the very nature of needing to move, hunt and protect, the women were more capable and stronger than any Greek woman could imagine being.

On horseback and with bow & arrow, they were as swift and deadly as their men. Their reputation was so fearsome that the proof of great Greek heroes like Hercules and Achilles was in battling and conquering one of these amazing female warriors. Although there were many tribes over hundreds of years and a wide terrain, they became known collectively as the Amazons.

Based on the art and literature of the Greeks, the Amazons were mythologically reinvented in 1943 by a US academic as Wonder Woman, whose become an icon of the super powers of love, truth and justice.

In our times, we’re rarely travelling by horse or battling to the death with bow & arrow, yet learning a measure of these skills goes a long way to calling up our inherent strength, wisdom and beauty as women.

What makes Amazons stand out is their equality with men & their unshakable confidence in themselves.

“I found a confidence that was not altered by insult, or compliment.” —Miriam Lancewood, author of Woman in the Wilderness