Since the time of Homer, ancient stories told …

Since the time of Homer, ancient stories told of fierce warriors dwelling beyond the Mediterranean world, striking fear into the mightiest empires of antiquity. Their exploits were recounted by many epic poets. They fought in the legendary Trojan War and their grand army invaded Athens. Jason and the Argonauts passed by their shores, barely avoiding their deadly arrows. These formidable fighters faced off against the greatest champions of myth: Heracles, Theseus, and Achilles. 

And every single one of these warriors was a woman.

The war-loving Amazons, “the equals of men” in courage and skill, were familiar to everyone in ancient Greece. But were Amazons merely figures of myth, or something more?

Watch the TED-Ed Lesson Did the Amazons really exist? – Adrienne Mayor to uncover the mysteries of these women warriors.

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