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Postcolonial Amazons: Female Masculinity and Courage in Ancient Greek and Sanskrit Literature

Walter Duvall Penrose, Jr.


Did the Amazons of antiquity exist? During the 1980s, while classicists were denying the veracity of the Amazon myth in the West, Soviet archaeologists were digging up bodies of women warriors. Despite the fall of the Berlin wall, little dialogue has occurred between these two camps of scholars. In this ground-breaking work, Walter Penrose bridges the gap between myth and historical reality. By defocusing Athens in his analysis and shifting the center of attention to the periphery of the world known to the Greeks, Penrose comes to the startling conclusion that the ancient Athenians, who though ... More

Keywords: Amazon, warrior women, women warriors, warrior queen, postcolonial, courage, female masculinity, women bodyguards, cultural hybridity, transgender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199533374
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533374.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter Duvall Penrose, Jr., author
Associate Professor of History, San Diego State University