Ancient Amazons: Warrior Women in Myth, Art, and Archaeology

Lecture | October 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Adrienne Mayor, Stanford University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Fierce Amazons are featured in some of the most famous Greek myths.
Every great hero, from Heracles to Achilles, battled these powerful warrior queens.
But were Amazons real? Join Adrienne Mayor as she recounts tales of women warriors and uncovers some realities behind the myths. Archaeological discoveries of battle-scarred female skeletons buried with weapons now confirm that warlike women were not mere figments of the Greek imagination. Combining classical literature and art, nomad traditions, and archaeology, this illustrated lecture reveals how historical horsewomen-archers of the steppes influenced ideas and images of the warriors known to the ancient Greeks as Amazons.

Adrienne Mayor is a research scholar in the Classics Department and History and Philosophy of Science Program, Stanford University. Her books include The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World; The First Fossil Hunters; a biography of Mithradates, The Poison King (National Book Award nonfiction finalist); and Gods and Robots.