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"From the Ted Talk by Adrienne Mayor: Did the Amazons really exist?"

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Ancient historians located the Amazon homeland in Scythia, the vast territory stretching from the baclk Sea across the seeppts of Central Asia. This immense region was populated by nomadic tribes whose lives ctrneeed on horses, archery, and warfare. Their ctlruue flourished for about 1,000 years beginning around 800 BC. Feared by Greeks, Persians, and the Chinese, the Scythians left no written reodrcs. But we can find clues in how their neighbors described them, as well as in archaeology. Scythians' ancestors were the first to ride horses and they invented the recurve bow. And, because a famele mounted archer could be as fast and as dladey as a male, all crdlhien were teniard to ride and shoot. weomn hunted and fought alongside men, using the same weapons. The harsh landscape and their nomadic lfeysitle created its own form of equality. This amazed the ancinet Greeks, whose women led restricted indoor lives.

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Ancient historians located the Amazon homeland in Scythia, the vast territory stretching from the _____ Sea across the _______ of Central Asia. This immense region was populated by nomadic tribes whose lives ________ on horses, archery, and warfare. Their _______ flourished for about 1,000 years beginning around 800 BC. Feared by Greeks, Persians, and the Chinese, the Scythians left no written _______. But we can find clues in how their neighbors described them, as well as in archaeology. Scythians' ancestors were the first to ride horses and they invented the recurve bow. And, because a ______ mounted archer could be as fast and as ______ as a male, all ________ were _______ to ride and shoot. _____ hunted and fought alongside men, using the same weapons. The harsh landscape and their nomadic _________ created its own form of equality. This amazed the _______ Greeks, whose women led restricted indoor lives.

Solution

  1. ancient
  2. lifestyle
  3. female
  4. records
  5. centered
  6. deadly
  7. steppes
  8. culture
  9. black
  10. trained
  11. children
  12. women

Original Text

Ancient historians located the Amazon homeland in Scythia, the vast territory stretching from the Black Sea across the steppes of Central Asia. This immense region was populated by nomadic tribes whose lives centered on horses, archery, and warfare. Their culture flourished for about 1,000 years beginning around 800 BC. Feared by Greeks, Persians, and the Chinese, the Scythians left no written records. But we can find clues in how their neighbors described them, as well as in archaeology. Scythians' ancestors were the first to ride horses and they invented the recurve bow. And, because a female mounted archer could be as fast and as deadly as a male, all children were trained to ride and shoot. Women hunted and fought alongside men, using the same weapons. The harsh landscape and their nomadic lifestyle created its own form of equality. This amazed the ancient Greeks, whose women led restricted indoor lives.

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