There, they found over graves belonging to the Sauromatians and their descendants, the Sarmatians. In his view, humanity started out under the rule of womankind and only switched to patriarchy at the dawn of civilization. The skeleton of another female still had a bent arrowhead embedded in the cavity. The fifth century B. Arktinos of Miletus added a doomed romance, describing how the Greek Achilles killed the Amazonian queen Penthesilea in hand-to-hand combat, only to fall instantly in love with her as her helmet slipped to reveal the beautiful face beneath. Nor was it merely the presence of wounds and daggers that amazed the archaeologists. According to the first century A.
There was not a shred of physical evidence to support it.
The Amazon Women: Is There Any Truth Behind the Myth?
The trail of the Amazons nearly went cold after Herodotus. There were graves of warrior women who had been buried with their weapons. An encounter with the Greeks at the Battle of Thermodon ended this idyllic existence. As for their violent death in tale after tale, this was obviously an expression of unresolved sexual conflict. During the s, she was hardly wondrous at all, less a heroic warrior than the tomboyish girl next-door.