Last of the Amazons

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Last of the Amazons
Author Steven Pressfield
Country United States
Language English
Subject Theseus and the Amazons
Genre Historical fiction, Military fiction
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
2002
Pages 396
ISBN 978-0-385-50098-2

Last of the Amazons is a novel by Steven Pressfield that recounts the legend of Theseus and the Amazons, set before the threshold of recorded history, a generation before the Trojan War. The novel's theme is the conflict between the nascent Greek civilization and the savage but free Amazons of the Eastern steppes, between men and women, and between love and hate.[1]

The novel covers Theseus's travels to the lands of the Amazons, his elopement with their war queen Antiope, and the war pursued by the Amazons to recover their queen and honor, which leads them to the walls of Athens and to eventual oblivion as a people. Most of the story is told through a series of interlocked flashbacks and recollections by an Athenian girl, Bones; her governess, the captive Amazon Selene; and their respective uncle and lover, the Athenian soldier Damon.

In 2002, the year of its publication, the novel was optioned for adaptation as a feature film by James Cameron,[2] but nothing eventually came of it.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gross, Bob (September 2002). "Band of sisters: the Amazon light cavalry". Minerva: Quarterly Report on Women and the Military 20. 
  2. ^ "James Cameron et les amazones". AlloCiné. 16 January 2002. Retrieved 14 February 2012.