The Greek geographer Strabo (c. 64 B.C) described Amazons as “men-hating women with one breast. “ Others accused them of mating with non-Greek men and murdering their male babies. However, some scholars today attribute such attacks to an ancient Greek hatred of independent women.
A modern archeologist, Dr. Jeannie Davis-Kimball, has an interesting book on the market, “Warrior Women.” In it, she describes her five years excavating more than 150 burial mounds of 5th century B.C. nomads near Pokrovka, Russia www.womanthouartgod.com/daviskimball.php. Davis-Kimball and her team found skeletons of women warriors with weapons. She maintains that these women functioned as rulers, priestesses, warriors, as well as women who lived domestic lives.
HIS-tory has been written by male conquerors. As a young girl, I found there were few books or mention of famous women throughout history. This is changing, but there is need for further exploration. Dr. Jeannie is taking up our cause!
Amazons have been classified as “wild, unnatural women”. Davis-Kimball disagrees. She states that any aggressive fighting by these women would have resulted from their need to guard their livestock and to ward off attacks by men.
One or two-breasted? While the ancient Greek Strabo described them as ‘one-breasted’, much of the art shows warrior women with two breasts. (Strabo claimed that one breast was removed in order for the Amazons to have greater dexterity at shooting with bow and arrow.)
Today, strong Amazons continue women’s historical fight for social justice. It is a slow process but women have an instinctive nurturing gift, and stoic determination. I look forward to the time when there will be no need for women to fight men for basic human rights. This world has room for the diversity of race, religion,sexual orientation, and gender.