Amazons of Black Sparta: The Women’s Regiment of Dahomeyby Stanley B. Alpern

History is rife with tales of fighting women. More often than not, these stories prove more legend than history. Dating back to the amazons of ancient Asia Minor, myths of fierce, autonomous women of martial excellence abound.

And yet, the only thoroughly documented amazons in world history are the women warriors of Dahomy, an eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Western African kingdom. Once dubbed a “small black Sparta,” residents of Dahomy shared with the Spartans an intense militarism and sense of collectivism. Moreover, the women of both kingdoms prided themselves on bodies hardened from childhood by rigorous physical exercise. But Spartan women kept in shape to breed male warriors, Dahomean amazons to kill them. Originally a praetorian guard, the Dahomeans developed into a force 6,000 strong and were granted semi-sacred status. They lusted for battle, fighting with fury and valor until the kingdom’s final defeat by France in 1892.

Stanley B. Alpern has chronicled this remarkable history in depth for the first time. The product of meticulous archival research, Amazons of Black Sparta is defined by Alpern’s gift for narrative and will stand as the most comprehensive and accessible account of the woman warriors of Dahomy.


Jessica Alpern: Eddie the Eagle - Hugh Jackman & Taron Egerton

A Budapest Honvéd Sportegyesület vívóterme a Dózsa György úton, eredetileg neológ zsinagóga, mely Baumhorn Lipót tervei alapján 1909-re készült el. A második világháború végén az épületet gyűjtőtábornak használták, majd a háború után újra imaházként működött. A holokauszt és az emigráció hatására a közösség azonban nagyon kis létszámúvá vált, így a negyvenes évek végétől az egykori kultúrterembe költöztek, a hatalmas épületet csak raktárként használták.

A Budapest Honvéd 1984-ben kapta meg a rossz állapotú épületet, melybe felújítást és átépítést követően a box- és vívószakosztály költözött.

Alpern Bernadett Used Stones című sorozatából, 2012-2014


Leyna Alpern, an ivy league student suffering from hallucinations and chronic depression, is dragged into an impossible realm by an entity who wants to consume her soul. With the help of living representations of her survival instinct, a good friend she screwed over in the past, and others, she may be able to survive the insanity of Veridia and take down its creator. Maybe. 

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***This work contains depictions of depression, self-harm, scenes of graphic violence, and one occurrence of non-consensual groping. If you stand a chance of being triggered, please tread carefully or do not read.

****The editor, Alana Mancuso is currently the only listed contributor, but I’m working to correct the info so that it lists Brittany Diamond as the author.