Amazons of Bronze Age Greece Bibliography


Query From Beth Otero EllanO@aol.com 23 June 1997 I am in the research stage of writing a historical novel based on the Amazons of Bronze Age Greece and environs . According to Jeannine Davis-Kimball, director of the Center for the Study of Eurasian Nomads, the recently discovered women warriors found in the steppes of southern Ukraine and near the Kazakhstan border could be the basis for the myths. ("Warrior Women of the Eurasian Steppes," _Archaeology mag._, J/F 1997). Therefore, I am seeking two types of information: 1) sources that describe the daily life of comparable tribes of the Eurasian steppes, something that I can use to recreate a plausible Amazonian society; and 2) Amazon myths that do not concern Herkales, Theseus, etc., but deal with the exploits of the Amazons themselves: their achievements, successful military campaigns, heroes, etc., and ideally, their military training and everyday life. I have found books and other reference material at my local libraries on some of this information (not, however, on the lesser known Amazon myths) but I still need a great deal more. I am familiar with the Perseus Project at Tufts Univ. and with Diotima as on-line sources but would welcome other web sites or lists. I will be cross-posting this request on Aegeanet. It is my intention to write a novel that combines both the historical information of the cultures that existed around the Aegean and the Black Sea during the Bronze Age, with the Amazon myths. Yours truly.

Responses:
From Reina Pennington rpennington@madriver.com 26 June 1997

Beth Otero writes,

>Therefore, I am seeking two types of information: 1) sources that describe
>the daily life of comparable tribes of the Eurasian steppes, something that I
>can use to recreate a plausible Amazonian society; and 2) Amazon myths that
>do not concern Herakles, Theseus, etc., but deal with the exploits of the
>Amazons themselves: their achievements, successful military campaigns, >heroes, etc., and ideally, their military training and everyday life.

I don't have sources for the myths, but I have a huge bibliography
in EndNote on military women. Here's all the listings with a keyword = of
amazon. You might also check the interesting little novel by Barbara Walker
entitled "Amazon."

Blashfield, Jean F. _Hellraisers, Heroines, and Holy Women._ New York: Superlative House, 1981.

Boulding, Elise. _The Underside of History: A View of Women Through Time._
Boulder, CO: Westview, 1976.

Creveld, Martin van. _The Transformation of War._ New York: Free = Press,
1991.

Davis-Kimball, Jeannine. "Warrior Women of the Eurasian Steppes." _Archaeology_ Jan/Feb 1997: 44-48.

Fantham, Elaine, et al. _Women in the Classical World: Image and = Text._
New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Gilbert, O. P. _Women in Men's Guise._ London: John Lane, 1932.

Jones, David E. _Women Warriors: A History._ Washington, DC: = Brassey's,
1997.

King, Margaret L. _Women of the Renaissance._ Chicago: Chicago, 1991.

Kleinbaum, Abby Wettan. _The War Against the Amazons._ New York: = McGraw
Hill, 1983.

Lefkowitz, Mary R. "Influential Women." _Images of Women in Antiquity._ Eds. Cameron, Averil and Amlie Kuhrt. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 1983. 49-65.

Macdonald, Sharon, Pat Holden, and Shirley Ardener. _Images of Women = in
Peace and War._ London: Macmillan, 1987.

Mayor, Adrienne and Josiah Ober. "Amazons." _MHQ: The Quarterly = Journal
of Military History_ : 68-77.

Newark, Tim. _Women Warlords._ London: Blandford/Cassell Artillery House,
1989.

Pantel, Pauline Schmitt, Ed. _A History of Women in the West: I. From Ancient Goddesses to Christian Saints._ 4 vols. Vol. 1. Cambridge, MA and
London: Belknap, 1992.

Pisan, Christine de. _The City of Ladies._ London: 1521.

Rothery, Guy Cadogan. _The Amazons in Antiquity and Modern Times._ London: Francis Griffiths, 1910.

Sulimirski, Tadeusz. _The Sarmatians._ New York: Praeger, 1970.

Other Responses:

"...there was a recent National Geographic article on the tribes north of the Black Sea. ...within the last year...."

From Ruby Rohrlich rohrlich@gwis2.circ.gwu.edu 30 June 1997 A Marxist historian by the name of Kantor wrote a book about Amazons.

From: Dale Grote <dagrote@unccvm.uncc.edu> 30 June 1997

Your friend may wish to try
http://www.net4you.co.at/users/poellauerg/Amazons/index.html Lots of images, some discussion, odd stuff, links to other Sites, It might be a place to start.[P.S.]...
http://www.uio.no/~thomas/lists/amazon-links.html is a great source to other Amazon places on the Net.

From: Charles Rzepka <crzepka@bu.edu> 27 June 1997

Beth may already know this, but Herodotus writes of Amazons and their run-ins with Greeks and Scythians in Book 4.110-116 of his Histories (See the Everyman edition of the Rawlinson translation, ed. Hugh Bowden, still in print, paperback, pp. 340-342).