The real Amazons: How the legendary warrior women inspired fighters and feminists

The real Amazons: How the legendary warrior women inspired fighters and feminists

An engraving from 1599 shows Amazon women wielding bows and arrows to shoot maleAn engraving from 1599 shows Amazon women wielding bows and arrows to shoot male captives. Many centuries after the early Greek legends were told, the concept of ‘Amazons’ influenced how Spanish conquistadors viewed the New World. (Topfoto)

The ancient Greeks absolutely knew that the Amazons were real – or, at least, that they had been. Heroes of old had encountered Amazons in the martial…

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