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Dan Howard




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PostPosted: Sun 26 Feb, 2012 7:31 pm    Post subject: Scythian armour terms         Reply with quote

I'm trying to find Scythian terms for various armour and clothing components - cuirass, shield, helmet, trousers, boots, etc. The only Scythian term I can turn up is baslyk which is a type of helmet associated with Scythians.
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Henrik Zoltan Toth




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PostPosted: Mon 27 Feb, 2012 1:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I think just "akinak" survived the time. For the others I would try to find the persian examples.

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Dan Howard




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PostPosted: Mon 27 Feb, 2012 5:03 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

To what term does that word apply? I'm aware of akinakes which was a Persian word for a sword that they adopted from the Scythians.
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Henrik Zoltan Toth




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PostPosted: Mon 27 Feb, 2012 12:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oh, ok. Than maybe "gorythos"?

I spend a lot of time to study the steppe history and it's cultural antropology, but from the nomadic languages of the scythian tribeunion I know mainly just some of their king's names.

Do you know maybe how the persians and greeks called their weapons/equipments of scythian origin?
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Dan Howard




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PostPosted: Wed 29 Feb, 2012 4:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

No I have very little. I'm completely stuck.
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Lafayette C Curtis




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PostPosted: Wed 07 Mar, 2012 2:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Have any Scythian written records survived to begin with?
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Henrik Zoltan Toth




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PostPosted: Wed 07 Mar, 2012 9:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You could search for an english-, or russian-ossetian dictionary. Ossets are living in the Caucasus, and are known as descended from some alan (sarmatian) tribes. Surely they language was strongly influenzed from other caucasian and from the turcic languages, but it is of iranian origin.
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Jason Daub




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PostPosted: Wed 07 Mar, 2012 12:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Dan,

Try PMing Christian Cameron here on the site, he's done a lot of research in this area for his books.

'I saw young Harry, -with his bevor on,
His cuisses on his thighs, gallantly arm'd,-
Rise from the ground like feather'd Mercury,
And vaulted with such ease into his seat,
As if an angel dropp'd down from the clouds,
To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus,
And witch the world with noble horsemanship.'
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