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Female Military Leaders Of The Ancient World

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The common perception of ancient warfare is that armies were dominated by men in both commanding and fighting roles. History books are dotted with famous names like Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Attila the Hun, so it's understandable how these prevailing ideas arose. But throughout ancient history, fierce female soldiers and commanders led armies, too.

Coming from regions across Europe and Asia, these female military commanders were both feared and admired for their ability to lead revolts, field armies, and build empires. Some were ambitious; others were bloodthirsty and sought revenge for misdeeds brought against them and their people. Regardless of their differences, they all used strong knowledge of military strategy and tactics to best those they faced in the field of battle.

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