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  • noun Plural form of Scythian.


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  • The term Scythians seems to have been a generic designation, applied indiscriminately to vast hordes of half-savage tribes occupying those wild and inhospitable regions of the north, that extended along the shores of the Black and Caspian Seas, and the banks of the Danube.

    Darius the Great Makers of History Jacob Abbott 1841

  • Hordes of a new race whom — after the Greeks — we call Scythians, the Ashguzai of the Assyrian monuments, had half a century before swarmed over or round the Caucasus, and since then had been in touch, and even in some kind of alliance, with the Assyrians.

    Jeremiah : Being The Baird Lecture for 1922 George Adam Smith 1899

  • The Scythians are the stupidest of men, and yet the wise Anacharsis was a Scyth.

    The Defense Apuleius 2008

  • The Scythians were a well known, distinctive group of people; if the Scythians were in the area, surely there are surviving artifacts that can be dated - even approximately would be better than leaving the reader dangling in mid-air!

    Archive 2008-01-01 Jan 2008

  • The Scythians are the stupidest of men, and yet the wise Anacharsis was a Scyth.

    The Defense Apuleius 2008

  • The Scythians were the original steppe nomads, western version, comparable to the Hsiung-nu near China in the east. NARTS. 2004

  • The Scythians were the ancestors of the modern Cossacks, and even in those remote days they were famous for their horsemanship.

    Ancient Man The Beginning of Civilizations Hendrik Willem Van Loon 1913

  • It is that they were one of the tribes known as Scythians in Europe and at an unknown period moved eastwards from southern Russia, perhaps leaving traces of their presence in the monuments still existing in the district of Minussinsk.

    Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 Charles Eliot 1896

  • Takshac, the Huna and the Chaura, were considered by Colonel Tod to be the representatives of the Huns or Scythians, that is, the nomad invading tribes from Central Asia, whose principal incursions took place during the first five centuries of the Christian era.

    The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV Kumhar-Yemkala Robert Vane Russell 1894

  • The Scythians were a wandering nation, and are described by Hesiod as "living in covered carts and feeding on mare's milk."

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan 1861


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