The Early Amazons

Modern and Ancient Perspectives on a Persistent Myth


The Early Amazons offers a new understanding of the ancient Amazon myth, situating mythical representations in the realm of cultural history.
The first section examines how the Amazons have presented a challenge to views on history, myth and gender in classical mythology from the late eighteenth century up to the impact of structuralism. Topics included are nineteenth-century historiography and the interest in linguistics.
The second section sheds new light on the culture of archaic Greece, offering a coherent assessment of literary and visual representations. Taking mythical narrative as a form of oral storytelling, it shows the emergence of the Amazon motif and its meaning in the world of epic. Iconographical analysis reveals how the visual arts have made a contribution of their own to the imaginary presence of the Amazons.

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Josine H. Blok, Ph.D. (1991) at the University of Leiden, is associate professor of history at the University of Groningen. She has published on modern and ancient cultural history, with specific interest in historiography, myth and women's history.
All those interested in historiography, the history of classical scholarship, modern cultural history, mythology, gender studies, ancient Greece, orality and literacy, Homeric scholarship, ancient art and archaeology.
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