Amazons


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Amazons

 

in ancient Greek mythology, women warriors in Asia Minor and along the coast of Maeotis (the Sea of Azov). According to ancient legends, the Amazons, in order to preserve their race, contracted marriages with men from other tribes and then sent them back to their homelands. If a boy was born, he was given to his father, but if a girl was born, she was kept and prepared for war. The Amazons were depicted as beautiful women. Legends about the Amazons are widely known in all parts of the world and are either a product of local traditions or of the dissemination of Greek traditions. Stories about the Amazons reflect a dim recollection of the epoch of matriarchy.

REFERENCE

Kosven, M. O. “Amazonki: Istoriia legendy.” Sovetskaia etnografiia, 1947, nos. 2–3.

Amazons

female warriors cut or burnt off their right breasts to prevent interference when drawing the bow. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 29]

Amazons

race of female warriors. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 19]
See: War
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The valleys of the Ganges, the Nile, and the Shine having yielded their crop, it remains to be seen what the valleys of the Amazon, the Plate, the Orinoco, the St.
You can imagine that I could hardly come away from the Amazon without probing deeper into the matter.
None can describe its shape or nature, but it is a word of terror along the Amazon.
Olivia would be drawn as an amazon, sitting upon a bank of flowers, dressed in a green Joseph,* richly laced with gold, and a whip in her hand.
The "Aethiopis" thus included the coming of the Amazon Penthesilea to help the Trojans after the fall of Hector and her death, the similar arrival and fall of the Aethiopian Memnon, the death of Achilles under the arrow of Paris, and the dispute between Odysseus and Aias for the arms of Achilles.
The ship was wrecked at the mouth of the Amazon, but the crew and the cargo were saved.
No longer bore this Amazon the shameful flight of her party.
His voice died away regretfully, as the one with the stocking, whose hair had been clutched from behind by another Amazon, was whirled about in a dizzy semicircle.
Now, Abiram;" cried the Amazon, in a voice that was cracked and harsh, for the simple reason of being used too often on a strained and unnatural key, "now, Abiram, run with your nose low; show yourself a hound of the true breed, and do some credit to your training.
The other was his clerk, assistant, housekeeper, secretary, confidential plotter, adviser, intriguer, and bill of cost increaser, Miss Brass--a kind of amazon at common law, of whom it may be desirable to offer a brief description.