In the comics, the TV series, and the recent films, Wonder Woman breaks the mold of male-dominated superhero stories, and it turns out she’s not too distant from a famous historical group of warrior women.
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The mythical Amazons are a women-only warrior society. The real-life Scythians instead seemed to hold men and women in equal regard. It’s not hard to see how one turned into the other in the imagination of the ultra-patriarchal ancient Greeks.
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Adrienne Mayor, author of The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World, tells Inverse’s Tara Yarlagadda Themiscyra’s range of ages, body types, and ethnicities was also a component of Scythian culture.