A Historical Riddle

No gender studies for this warrior queen,
but studies of war, of spear and shield and blade,
and the tactics of her foes, pitted between
patricians, patriarchy, those who invade.
A lioness, she set out after the hare,
becoming, in time, both leader and hero,
seeking the eagle and its bronzed raptor’s glare,
roaring so loud as to scare distant Nero.

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