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Female masculinity and courage in ancient Greek thought

Walter Duvall Penrose

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780199533374
eISBN:
9780191747069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533374.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

The ancient Greeks perceived courage, intelligence, independence, and loyalty as manly characteristics. When exhibited such traits, they were labeled masculine. In traditional Athenian thought, women ... More


Civilized “Amazons”: Women bodyguards and hunters in ancient India and Persia

Walter Duvall Penrose

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780199533374
eISBN:
9780191747069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533374.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

Warlike women were imported from central Asia, from the same places where Greek legend placed the Amazons, and used as bodyguards in ancient India. Much scholarship has explored the role of eunuchs ... More


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