Who were the Scythians? | Live Science

A Scythian-made stag plaque dating to 400 B.C. to 300 BC.  (Image credit: The Cleveland Museum of Art; The Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 1985.77; CC0 1.0)

“Scythian” is a term used to denote a diverse but culturally related group of nomads who occupied a large swathe of grassland, or steppes, that stretched from north of the Black Sea all the way to China. Sometimes also known as Saka or Scyths, the name “Scythian” was coined by the ancient Greeks.

“Scythian culture flourished on the steppes from about 800 B.C. to about A.D. 300,” Adrienne Mayor, a folklorist and historian at Stanford University and the author of “The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World” (Princeton University Press, 2014), told Live Science. 

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