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    The Scythians were nomadic horsemen who ranged wide across the grasslands of the Asian steppe from the Altai mountains in the east to the Great Hungarian Plain in the first millennium BC. Their steppe homeland bordered on a number of sedentary states to the south and there were, inevitably, numerous interactions between the nomads and their neighbours. The Scythians fought the Persians on a number of occasions, in one battle killing their king and on another occasion driving the invading army of Darius the Great from the steppe.

    Relations with the Greeks around the shores of the Black Sea were rather different - both communities benefiting from trading with each other. It is from the writings of Greeks like the historian Herodotus that we learn of Scythian life: their beliefs, their burial practices, their love of fighting, and their ambivalent attitudes to gender. It is a world that is also brilliantly illuminated by the rich material culture recovered from Scythian burials, where all the organic material is amazingly well preserved.

    Barry Cunliffe here marshals this vast array of evidence - both archaeological and textual - in a masterful reconstruction of the lost world of the Scythians, allowing them to emerge in all their considerable vigor and splendor for the first time in over two millennia.

    ©2019 Barry Cunliffe (P)2020 Tantor

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    • Suspense
    • 07/04/2021

    Best Account on "Obscure" Group

    There's not a lot of information out there on the Scythians and this book definitely goes into exactly why and sheds light on most of the scraps of information out there on a very different and remarkable group of people that have a much larger impact on civilization as a whole than most probably realize. I'm glad this is on audible.

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    • John M.
    • 17/01/2021

    Well researched but narrator is terrible

    The author clearly has done extensive research but didn’t bother to tie it all together. The work is very disjointed. Having listened to the whole book, I still don’t know who the Scythians were as a people and what motivated them.
    The narrator has no idea how to pronounce words. Every word that is Greek or Roman is mispronounced. He clearly doesn’t know that the “D” in Dneiper is silent.

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    • Lori Barr
    • 02/01/2021

    Absolutely fascinating

    Great narration. Wonderful descriptions. So much info I listened to it twice. Love ancient history.