LOS ANGELES –The fierce Amazons are featured in some of the most famous Greek myths. Many great heroes, including Heracles and Achilles, tangled with warrior queens. But were they real? In Amazons: Warrior Women of the Ancient World on Thursday, February 26, Adrienne Mayor, author of the recent book The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World, discusses stories of women warriors, sharing new archaeological discoveries of battle-scarred female skeletons buried with their weapons as evidence that they were not merely figments of the Greek imagination. Combining classical myth and art, nomad traditions, and scientific archaeology, Mayor, a research scholar in classics and history of science at Stanford University, reveals surprising details and original insights about the fighting women known as Amazons.
Amazons: Warrior Women of the Ancient World
Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
This program is free but a ticket is required. To make a reservation call (310) 440-7300 or visit getty.edu
Image Left: Adrienne Mayor courtesy Stanford University.
Image Right: Red-figure volute krater showing Amazons preparing for battle (detail), Greek, Athens, 490 B.C., terracotta.
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