Welcome to the ultimate tale of revenge. How come? Seventeen years later, Boudicca and her forces rebelled, conquering the Roman capitals in the region. She was one of the most fierce warriors of her time, and reputedly a medicine woman and prophet of the Chihenne Chiricahua Apache. Known for her talent for strategy and her skills in battle, Lozen fought against U. She was captured, however, in and died of tuberculosis in She also financed the voyage of Christopher Columbus in the New World, which led to the beginnings of the Spanish Empire. Talk about a woman with territory!
Travel Alerts. Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba Angola This Angolan warrior queen was born in and became a vital player in the resistance against Portuguese colonisers and slave traders in the 17th century. Tomoe Gozen Japan When you think of samurai, you normally think of men — but Tomoe Gozen was one of the most celebrated female samurai warriors in Japan. Boudicca England Welcome to the ultimate tale of revenge. I would honestly recommend her book instead. Not to mention, the original purveyor of the tale is suspect in his credibility.
In my view this is a far more probable and realistic assessment of Thalestris than Adrienne Mayor gave the tale. All in all however, not the read I was hoping for. Feb 17, Rebecca Hill rated it it was amazing.
Fantastically written! This book takes on the history, or lack thereof, of the women of the Amazon. I enjoyed the read! Not only do you get the myths, the legends, and the stories passed down, but what history is there is shared. John Man did a great job with this book, and I look forward to getting a hard copy of this book, to re-read and make notes in the margins!
Great jumping off book for those who are looking to do some research or wanting to gain a deeper understanding of these warrior wome Fantastically written! Great jumping off book for those who are looking to do some research or wanting to gain a deeper understanding of these warrior women. Jul 15, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: feminism , history , books-with-maps , nonfiction , war.
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This book can tell you just about everything you ever wanted to know about Amazons; it explores the myths of warrior women from Ancient Greece and after, but it also chronicles actual groups of women fighters from throughout history. This book is also meticulously researched. That said, the writing is difficult to follow.
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There are not a 3. There are not a lot of dates given possibly to make it more readable but it just makes things more confusing. Things might have made more sense if it had been told chronologically. There are also a few moments of carelessness. He occasionally oversimplifies to the point of distortion. However, he has a bad habit of stating his own opinions as though they were fact. This is good history, and it deserved a better book, but John Man clearly put a lot of work into his research, and this informative volume is worth reading.
Mar 26, Kinsey rated it really liked it. I feel like I owe an apology to the author. I must admit that when I picked this book up, it was with a slowly creeping sense of dread at a book about the sociological significance of the Amazonian legends being written by a man. Feb 17, Beth rated it liked it Shelves: 3-early-galley-copy , history. This book was more than I thought it would be!
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But overall, a really interesting read that I learned a lot from. View 1 comment. Aug 23, Laurie rated it it was ok Shelves: central-asia , history , ancient-civilizations , feminist-women-s-issues , did-not-finish. I enjoyed the first half of the book wherein the author discusses the mythic Amazons of ancient Greece from the historical writings of Herodotus and the actual woman warriors of the Sycthian peoples of historic Central Asia. The archeological finds from Scythian burial mounds, often referred to as kurgan, sound fascinating.
These finds make a good case for the warrior women on horseback who road equal to men as mounted archers, swooping down on the ancient Greek settlements around the Black Se I enjoyed the first half of the book wherein the author discusses the mythic Amazons of ancient Greece from the historical writings of Herodotus and the actual woman warriors of the Sycthian peoples of historic Central Asia.
These finds make a good case for the warrior women on horseback who road equal to men as mounted archers, swooping down on the ancient Greek settlements around the Black Sea being the Amazons that have so captured the imagination of history. Even the chapter of the resurrection of mounted archery as a sport, begun in Hungary, is interesting. But after this the author reaches to make connections that just don't interest me. The author does 'Search' for the Amazons; all the way to Wonder Woman. I just wasn't interested past the Amazons of the ancient world.
Despite the subtitle, this was less about the famous Amazons of Greek legend and more about the way that the idea of an exclusively female warrior society has been interpreted and adapted by different cultures over the centuries. The narrative was informal and conversational but did feel clunky in places, with the author frequently going off on tangents. However, these threw up some really interesting tidbits - I especially liked the story of how California got its name. Worth a read for sure. Aug 11, Sarah Gaff rated it it was ok.
I expected an in-depth look into the myths from ancient times regarding the Amazons.
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I was also annoyed by the assumption of reader stupidity. Yes, obviously we all know a race of superhuman goddesses did not exist. Ye Disappointing. Yet the author makes a point to keep telling readers what is clearly fictional, as if we weren't capable of knowing this ourselves. Towards the end, it branches off into slightly veiled propaganda for socialism. However, would not recommend.
Mar 29, Steven Clark rated it it was amazing.
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I have always been intrigued by Amazons, and even wrote a novel where they figured, and John man's subject and credentials made me take the book. He has a delightful style demonstrating the mythos and recent excavations of possible tombs of Amazons, as well as deviating int I have always been intrigued by Amazons, and even wrote a novel where they figured, and John man's subject and credentials made me take the book. He has a delightful style demonstrating the mythos and recent excavations of possible tombs of Amazons, as well as deviating into the concept of warrior women from Dahomey to the Nachthexen A Russian all-woman bomber group , to present day Kurdish women.
Also a colorful bit on modern mounted women archers. Inevitably, Man goes to Wonder Woman, and has a humorous digression on her origins. I could have wanted more has Man never heard of Xena, Warrior Princess? The book was a quick read, and is handsomely illustrated. It was a lot of fun to read, and gives you enough information where you might want to look up more on your own. I'm not sure what I was expecting when i first bought this book - I though it looked interesting but as I'm not a big non-fiction reader I didn't think beyond 'interesting'.
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This book is an exploration of myths, hearsay, assumptions, archaeology, anthropology, feminism and Greek and a myriad of other subjects. John Man drops comments I'm not sure what I was expecting when i first bought this book - I though it looked interesting but as I'm not a big non-fiction reader I didn't think beyond 'interesting'. John Man drops comments and sarcastic quips the whole way through, making the text far easier to read than if it had been presented as 'serious'. In fact, I am contemplating buying one of John Man's other history books and this has definitely highlighted several texts around Wonder Woman and the Amazon's that I should keep an eye out for.
Nov 18, Nita rated it really liked it Shelves: history , ancient-tales , culture.
I got this book as a Goodread's Giveaway and I really enjoyed it. The book was easy to read and flowed well. I hope in the final version the pictures are of a better quality and it would help if they were closer to the relevant sections in the book. It was interesting to follow the path of the myth of the amazons from the Greeks to present and how it influenced culture.
Feb 12, Claudia rated it really liked it Shelves: anf-challenge , a , history-ancient. Well researched book that didn't just limit itself to the ancient legends of the tribe of Amazons - who were just a number of days ride 'thataway' or had interacted with some legendary king of Greece, Persia and even the rulers of Rome.
The author does seem to jump about but in the long run, it is a coherent and orderly flow from the ancient to the more modern. He first disabuses the legend of their removing their right breast in order to make sword fighting and archery. Basically, it's all bunk. An attempt to de-feminize these people. Then the investigation focuses on the possible origin - likely some of the Scythian tribes of the Ukraine, Russia through Mongolia, Kazakhstan, altai and which eventually became the Germanic tribes that invaded and conquered Rome and Europe.
The excavation of the thousands of kurgens burial mounds have discovered the skeletons of both sexes with weapons. That is the ones that haven't already pillaged in the past. Then the exploration of the Amazon with the total lie of Carajel - learning an isolated and non-related language of locals within weeks - to completely understand complex descriptions and culture which supposedly referred to a tribe ruled by women several days journey away.
And further exploration that the Amazon warrior women were north of the Aztecs on a island in Baja California. He could have easily stopped there but continued with Amazons as the subject of various authors and painters of the age of Enlightenment. The regiment of women warrior bodyguards and fighters of Dahomey, today's Benin, in the 18th and 19th century. Russia's night witches of World War 2 that were fighter pilots and bomber pilots that harassed German forces.
And the book ends with a bizarrely twisted tale several people dealing with social mores and conventions of the early 20th century and collegiate ethics of the origin of the comic Wonder Woman who has experienced a re-birth with her part in today's movies as well as other characters of pop culture. Overall, interesting and definitely gives a great deal of information for the reader to consider as well as several pathways to further explore.
The author's sense of humor shows up in the most odd places and prevents his work from being a rather dull and dry read. This is not the type of book that I usually read but I really enjoyed it! I picked this book up at my local library because the title caught my attention. I was hoping it would be somewhat factual but not so dry and boring. This book is not a dry research thesis but it also isn't a fictionalized romp either.
This feels like you are sitting down with the author, for tea or a beer or wine, and asking him what he has been working on recently. That balance between academic and action packed. The book This is not the type of book that I usually read but I really enjoyed it! The book is set up so that Mr. Man covers each of the major mentions of Amazon's over the centuries. The mentions could be from art or poetry or even modern day women who embody the spirit. He does cover which of the widely held beliefs about the Amazons are possibly true, totally untrue or true.
He also covers what archaeology has added to the texts we have. Overall I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't so in depth that I lost interest and at the same time there was some meat to the conclusions and suppositions put forth.
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I liked how Mr. Man put the Greek stories into context as the propaganda to promote their ideals of society and gender roles. This does greatly affect how the Amazons are portrayed in their stories as compared to the reality based on scientific evidence. This is a very interesting read that is worth making time for. Jul 26, JP rated it really liked it. An amazing book!! Aug 21, Sophie Le rated it really liked it. The book has a broad scope but lacks tonal consistency.
The first half is very solid--Man does a great job tracing the myth of the Amazon back through time, using both historical and archaeological records. The second half, in which Man discusses examples of Amazon-esque society in history and pop culture, is less cohesive. It's really hard to tell where he's going, and after the buildup in the first half, it feels anticlimactic and uninteresting.
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