Just for fun, here’s a clip from 300. Check out the Totally Authentic Abs!
AND! I hunted down a clip from the sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire, featuring Artemisia!
On to our sources. We basically can’t get through a day these days without giving mass credit to Adrienne Mayor’s Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World. It’s an incredible book:
Herodotus’ Histories (David Grene translation) was a major source for us:
As well as Polyaenus’ Stratagems (R. Shepherd translation):
James Romm’s Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the Bloody Fight for His Empire was also a great source for Cinna’s story:
For Arachidamia’s story, we relied on Plutarch’s Agis (Bernadotte Perrin translation):
Here’s a link to Plutarch’s Lycurgis, which has the Shirt Fox story.
Our trusty copy of the Historia Augusta (David Magie translation) came in handy for Zenobia:
Plus our dog-eared copy of Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire:
Plus Zosimus’ New History:
And The Church History of Rufinus of Aquileia for Mavia:
Finally we used Sozomen’s Ecclesiastical History of Sozomen: From AD 324 to AD 425 (Edward Walford translation) for the unfortunate death of Valens:
And here are some additional articles we got a kick out of:
Also. We love Rejected Princesses! And unsurprisingly, they’ve covered two of these women.
Not to mention, they have (brace yourself) a MASTER LIST of historical women in combat.