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    Scythian Empire

    Meyer, Caspar (2016) Scythian Empire. In: MacKenzie, J.M. (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Empire. Oxford, UK: Wiley. ISBN 9781118455074.

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    The Scythians are a nomadic people who dominated the steppes of western Eurasia (modern Russia and Ukraine) in classical Antiquity and maintained close contacts with the Greek-speaking cities on the northern Black Sea shore. The political organization of the Scythians is known to us only from external descriptions by Greek authors, notably Herodotus who claims that Scythia was ruled by kings and divided into districts, comparable to those of the Egyptian and Persian empires. Archaeological evidence suggests that the power of nomadic tribes in the region was based on the armed administration of an extensive exchange network that integrated the services and resources of different local communities.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): ancient history, archaeology, classics, Eurasia, historiography
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2016 07:30
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:26


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