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The Amazons: Myth, Reality, And Modern Relevance

Sep 12, 2017

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Amazons of ancient Greek mythology is that they were not entirely mythical. While many of the deeds and details ascribed to these women warriors were imagined, the Amazons themselves were inspired by a real-life horse-riding tribe of nomads called the Scythians.

This hour we speak with historians, folklorists and film experts about the ancient Amazons and hear how their stories speak to age-old notions of gender identity. We'll also ask whether modern portrayals of warrior women are defying or perpetuating female stereotypes.

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.