Adrienne Mayor
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Adrienne Mayor

Adrienne Mayor @amayor is a research scholar in Classics and the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Program at Stanford. Her work is often featured on NPR and BBC, Discovery and History TV channels, and other popular media, including the New York Times and National Geographic, and her books are translated into French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Hungarian, Polish, Turkish, Italian, Russian, and Greek. In college during the Vietnam War, she received special permission to take ROTC courses in the history of war; 20 years later she began writing articles for "MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History." Mayor is especially interested in the history of science (the history of human curiosity) and she investigates natural knowledge embedded in classcial Greek and Roman literature and other "pre-scientific" myths and oral traditions.

"The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World" (2014) is the result of Mayor's long interest in the realities behind myths, legends, and ancient historical accounts of women warriors. "The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithridates" is the first full biography in half a century of one of Rome's deadliest enemies and the world's first experimental toxicologist. "The Poison King" was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award, nonfiction and won top honors in Biography in the Independent Book Publishers Awards, 2010.

Mayor's two books on pre-Darwinian fossil traditions in classical antiquity and in Native America ("The First Fossil Hunters" and "Fossil Legends of the First Americans") opened new windows in the emerging field of Geomythology. "First Fossil Hunters" is featured in the popular History Channel show "Ancient Monster Hunters," about Mayor's discovery of the links between ancient observations of dinosaur fossils and the gold-guarding Griffin of mythology. "First Fossil Hunters" and "Fossil Legends of the First Americans" also inspired the BBC documentary "Dinosaurs, Monsters, and Myths" and the popular traveling exhibit "Mythic Creatures" (launched at the American Museum of Natural History, 2007-17).

Her book "Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs," about the origins and early use of biological weapons, uncovered the surprisingly ancient roots of biochemical warfare. This book was featured in National Geographic, New York Times, and the History Channel's "Ancient Greek WMDs" --and it has become a favorite resource for diabolical, unconventional weaponry among ancient war-gamers.

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    • The Poison King

    • The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy
    • By: Adrienne Mayor
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A National Book Award finalist for this epic work, Adrienne Mayor delivers a gripping account of Mithradates, the ruthless visionary who began to challenge Rome’s power in 120 B.C. Machiavelli praised his military genius....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By James on 05-24-12
    • The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy
    • By: Adrienne Mayor
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
    • Release date: 01-28-11
    • 4 out of 5 stars 552 ratings

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Gods and Robots

    • Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology
    • By: Adrienne Mayor
    • Narrated by: Adrienne Mayor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The fascinating untold story of how the ancients imagined robots and other forms of artificial life - and even invented real automated machines, Gods and Robots is a groundbreaking account of the earliest expressions of the timeless impulse to create artificial life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a great overview

    • By Ian K O'Malley on 12-12-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Amazons

    • Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World
    • By: Adrienne Mayor
    • Narrated by: Fran Tunno
    • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Driven by a detective's curiosity, Mayor unearths long-buried evidence and sifts fact from fiction to show how flesh-and-blood women of the Eurasian steppes were mythologized as Amazons, the equals of men....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
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    • By Linda on 11-25-14
    • Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World
    • By: Adrienne Mayor
    • Narrated by: Fran Tunno
    • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
    • Release date: 09-21-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 97 ratings

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, & Scorpion Bombs

    • By: Adrienne Mayor
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
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    Flamethrowers, poison gases, incendiary bombs, the large-scale spreading of disease...are these terrifying agents and implements of warfare modern inventions? Not by a long shot....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great read for those interested in Antiquity

    • By Christopher on 07-08-10

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    • The Griffin and the Dinosaur

    • How Adrienne Mayor Discovered a Fascinating Link Between Myth and Science
    • By: Marc Aronson, Adrienne Mayor
    • Narrated by: Graham Rowat
    • Length: 38 mins
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    Here is the story of one insightful, curious, and determined woman who solved the mystery of the griffin and invented a new science....

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    • The Griffin and the Dinosaur

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-18

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