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Adrienne Mayor is a historian of ancient science and a classical folklorist. She is a research scholar in classics and the history and philosophy of science and technology at Stanford University. Mayor’s work has been featured on NPR, BBC, Discovery and Health TV channels and published in The New York Times and National Geographic. Her book “The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy” was a nonfiction finalist for the National Book Award. One of Mayor’s focused areas of scholarship includes a longtime interest in the realities behind myths, legends and ancient historical accounts of women warriors -- a topic she explores extensively in her new book, “The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World” (Princeton University Press). Through deep research, Mayor combines classical myth and art, nomad traditions,, and scientific archaeology to reveal details about the lives of these women warriors across the ancient world, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Great Wall of China.

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Adrienne Mayor

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