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This mosaic in the Nile Festival House depicts at least three short-skirted dancing women.  Given the spear that the woman on the right carries, and the ready-for-hunting garb that they all wear, possibly these are Amazons—not all Amazons are said to have had their right breasts removed.

The Amazons are a mythical people of female warriors, who spent their time in hunting and warfare.  Originating in the Caucasus, they settled in Cappadocia (today's Turkey).  They mated with the Gargarensians (men from a neighboring village), and of the children born, they kept only the girls.