Friday, August 19, 2016

#OlympicsDidYouKnow Amazon Women

#OlympicsDidYouKnow Amazon women were fierce and equal adversaries to any male warrior. Like Greek men they trained in combat from an early age. As nomadic people they also trained in archery and horseback riding, which made a lethal combination on the battlefield.

While stories of their nomadic warrior lifestyle may have appalled Greek society, it equally captivated. This fascination is evident in about 1,300 known Greek vases decorated with these wild women. This pyxis (cosmetic box) from the UM Museum’s David Robinson Collection shows an Amazon warrior on horseback in the midst of battle. 

She wears long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, typical clothing of the Amazons. She wields a battle axe in one hand and a lasso in the other. Her dress and fighting style seemed foreign to the Greeks, much like travelers from the East, it further added an allure.

At the modern Olympics, the equestrian events pair women and men against each other in equal competition. Tune in to the Rio Olympics right now to watch who will take home the gold for the Jumping event!

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