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MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
William Douglas Burgess Jr.
Brian J. Maxson, Melvin E. Page
The myth of the Amazons began in Ancient Greece. Renditions of the myth were found in art and literature of the Greeks and Romans in the ancient world. The image of the Amazons changed with the culture and ideology that discussed them. The Amazon myth reflected Greek and Roman views of women. Through looking closely at the three stages of the myth of the Amazons one can determine the myth strengthens the image of women that was held by men of the ancient world. The Amazons were connected with the heroes Heracles, Theseus, and Alexander the Great. Individual Amazons such as Antiope, Penthesilea, and Camilla were also dominant in the mythology of the Amazons. By completing a literary analysis of the myths of the Amazons beginning in the eighth century B.C. and through the fourth century A.D. one is able to see what was expected and deemed acceptable of women.
Thesis - Campus Only
Woods, Holly Irene, "Amazons of the Ancient World: Women in Greek and Roman Societies as Seen in the Amazon Myth." (2010). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 1716. http://dc.etsu.edu/etd/1716
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