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Amazons, fierce female warriors, are the victims of a bad press. Greek writers, whom they both attracted and repelled, portrayed them as men-haters, who cut off a breast to be better archers; rejected all men including their own boy babies; and wore de-feminizing trousers.
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Over 15,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, a massive glacier carved its way through the Italian Alps in what is now the province of Brescia. Its melting waters left behind the 56-mile long valley, which became a major crossing place for herds of game followed by hunter-gatherers and later for the exchange of goods and ideas.