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Review of a Book on Women in Ancient Iranian, Turkic and Celtic Societies

By Dr. Kaveh Farrokh

 

Greetings to All,

 

An excellent book has recently been published regarding the role of women as politicians and warriors in history and antiquities. This text focuses on the women of pre-Islamic Persia, the Turco-Mongol peoples and the Celts. The book is:

 

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TITLE: Warrior Women: An Archaeologist's Search for History's Hidden

Heroines.

AUTHOR: Davis-Kimball, Jeannine.

PULISHER: Warner Books

YEAR: 2002

ISBN: 0-446-52546-4

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This text makes references to the cult of "Amazon" warrior women whom we now know to have been of North Iranian stock (peoples who lived in Central Asia, the Caucasus and eastern Europe). These Iranians were replaced by the Turks and Mongols - The Turks either adopted or were influenced by the egalitarian culture of Northern Iranians and pre-Islamic Persia. The Khazars who adopted Jewish culture. Eventually adopted farsi speech and abandoned their native Turkish. They are known as Tats and live in the region of Daghestan in the Caucasus.

 

It is little known that the armies of Sassanian Persia included women as fighters who (according to Roman sources) gave an excellent account of themselves. This book also discusses the Celts and the role of women in Celtic society. Note that the Celts and ancient Iranians share many ancient customs, beliefs and there is evidence that Iranians and Celts intermarried and mixed in what is now Hungary and Rumania. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Regards

Kaveh

 

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Dr. Kaveh Farrokh (Ph.D.)

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