A general tour of the Silk Road...,
Jeannine Davis-Kimball tells us about her adventures in exploring
women's roles in ancient Eurasia through archaeological sites,
Greek and Roman legends and how the people of the steppe tribes
live now. She moves across the land with the speed of thought,
from the mummies of China to the warrior queens of Erie. Woman
were nurturers, warriors and leaders (and still are in Mongolia)
sharing both power and responsible within the tribes. I think
the best part about the book is not only showing that women were
sometimes in charge but that men within these societies were also
nurturers and shared with the daily chores. Maybe both men and
women were just too busy with life to worry about sexism and gender
issues. Maybe sexism is a byproduct of progress?
The book covers alot but doesn't get bogged with too much detail.
Very much up-to-date information. I don't think I agree with one
or two points but it's an enjoyable book to read.
January 22, 2003
Michael Valdivielso, Alexandria, VA USA