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The first recorded association between women and archery concerns the Amazons. These symbolic images of strong women with bows and arrows cutting down their enemies can be traced to Greek mythology and to the historic chronicles of Herodotus (c. 495 B.C.E.–425 B.C.E.). One legend surrounding the Amazon warriors, which is particularly noteworthy, is that their archers would cut off their right breasts so that that would not interfere with the accuracy of their bow strings. They lived in all-female societies and spent their days in agriculture, hunting, and war making. In the mid-20th century, archaeologists uncovered what was viewed as proof of the existence of Amazons in the southern Ukraine through the discovery of female graves filled with swords, spears, daggers, arrowheads, and ...

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