Warrior Women of Ancient Times
Lady Murasaki Shikibu
One of the world's earliest novels, 'The Tale of GenjiGenji-monogatari)' was written around 1000AD by a woman - Lady Murasaki Shikibu. She was the daughter of a provincial governor of a province and was born in Japan in 973AD. She was a scholar at the Japanese imperial court before the time of the shoguns and it it through her writings that so much is known of court life from that era in Japanese history.
Māwiyya was a Syrian warrior queen who ruled from 375 to 425 AD. She led her people in a successful revolt against the Romans and was one of the few rulers to beat them from her territory. When the Romans truced it was on her terms. She was considered to be the most powerful woman in the Arab world at the time.
Kandake Amnirense qore li kdwe li
A Kandake, meaning Queen-Mother, was a queen of the ancient kingdom of Kush. They often held the throne in conjunction with their husbands and if the husband died, they held the throne in their own right. Amnirense was noted also for her successful campaigns against the Romans. In one instance, on an attack at Aswan, she apparently took off with a bronze statue of Augustus. Legends says she had its head severed and buried underneath one of the thresholds in her palace so that her people could continue to 'trample the enemy underfoot'.
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