Author Archives: Adrienne Mayor

Adrienne Mayor, a research scholar in classics and the history of science at Stanford University since 2006, has always collected curiosities. Her books include The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World, The First Fossil Hunters: Dinosaurs, Mammoths and Myths in Greek and Roman Times, Fossil Legends of the First Americans, Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World, and The Poison King: Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy (National Book Award nonfiction finalist). The topics of Mayor’s scholarly and popular articles range from ancient tattoos, dragons, and eagle huntresses to champagne goblets, Alexander the Great, and ancient robots. She is a regular contributor at the award-winning history of science website WondersandMarvels.com. (Author photos by Josiah Ober.)

The Modern Ferret Lifestyle

“Denise came to live with us when we moved from Athens, Greece, to Montana in the summer of 1980. Born in the stable of the renowned classical guitarist Christopher Parkening, Denise turned up for sale ($20) at Farmer’s Market in Bozeman. We’d never seen a little ferret kit before, and were enchanted by the tiny […]

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