Timeline of women in ancient warfare  

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Warfare throughout written history mainly has been portrayed in modern times as a matter for men, but women also have played a role, often a leading one. Until very recently, little mention of these exploits was included in the historical records made available in most countries.

Female deities, whose origins predate historical records, are present in most early cultures. Often they were portrayed as warriors, which signals a pervasive presence of women among such activities prior to a profound change in many human cultures after the adoption of agriculture as the typical sustenance (and which enabled protracted warfare with large armies).

Their influences, the roles of women rulers, and those of significant women warriors, were retained in many of these cultures so strongly that no layers of new legends, ideals, and myths were able to obscure them completely.

The following is a partial list of prominent women who participated in warfare, as well as the tales of many women warriors and their exploits, which was assembled from the fragmentary beginning of written records to approximately 500 A.D. Archaeological research provides more details and clues regularly.





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