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Amazons - Etymology, Amazons of Greek mythology, Scythian origins, Minoan origins, Amazon cults and tombs in Ancient Greece

In Greek mythology, a nation of women soldiers, located by Herodotos in Scythia (Russia). Strong and athletic, they were said to mutilate the right breast in order to use the bow. With no apparent basis in fact, this story fascinated the Greeks and was a frequent subject in art, perhaps because of its suggestion of an alternative society.

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