Amazons (Androktones): Race of warrior women in Greek mythology that lived in Scythia, near the Black Sea, or in Pontus, in Asia Minor. The Amazons were reputed to cut off or… burn off their right breast to facilitate the use of the javelin and bow, their principle weapons, and they did most of their fighting on horseback. They also carried with them a crescent-shaped shield, and they worshipped Artemis, the virgin goddess of the hunt. To reproduce they took men deemed suitable from neighboring societies and mated with them in the forest. Female offspring were raised to be warriors while males were killed, blinded, or crippled. In the instances where the lives of the male offspring were spared, they would be used by the Amazons as a source of male seed for the future. The Amazons would also take male prisoners-of-war as sex slaves, killing them when their purposefulness expired or keeping them alive as a future source of male seed..
Archaeological discoveries in the early 2000's indicate that the Amazons may not have been as mythological as previously thought. Graves of warriors have been discovered, with swords, daggers, javelins, bows, and arrows, and all of the skeletons found have been female. The graves were discovered near the Black Sea, close to where the Greek historian Herodotus placed the Amazons, but they date to the Fifth Century AD, about a thousand years after Herodotus. It is not known if these female warriors were the legendary Amazons or not. ( Full Answer )