I don't know how many years I've waited to read a book like this one - that doesn't automatically dismiss Amazons as some psychological hang-up of the Greeks, but seriously searches for the roots of these legends and finds connections to real 'amazons' at long last. I had been hearing about archaeological digs for a little while, so it was great to read the author's account of her visits to those sites. Give this book to teenage girls. They need to be reminded that there are other options than the limiting, stereotypical female roles that our culture imposes on us.
There is a fine line between erudite scholarship and the conjuring up of ancient Goddesses,and I think Wilde has crossed it, but the book is marvelous. A must read for any Amazon wannabe. I'm going to give it five stars and hope that she writes more.It was a wickedly delicious romp into Woman Warrior-hood.
I've read alot of books about the Amazons and this is definately a first. It is definately the most realistic approach to the subject and I applaud the author's goals - finding the evidence of what could be the original inspiration for the stories of the Amazons. The book does not, like others, write off Amazons as a fantasy from the beginning and use them only to espouse various feminist ideas. It also doesn't have a stubborn faith that the Amazons existed EXACTLY as told in myth and stretch little amounts of evidence to the breaking point trying to "prove" their existence. And even though it does eventually HAVE to leave the subject of the mythical Greek Amazons and dig further and further back in time in many different cultures it is far from an "encyclopedia" of EVERY single woman in HISTORY that has ever been assertive.
Because it was so realistic, though, it does come off very dry and researchy.
I really don't know what to say about this book. It wasn't one...
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