Scythians and Greeks

BookScythians and Greeks

Scythians and Greeks

Cultural Interaction in Scythia, Athens and the Early Roman Empire (Sixth Century BC to First Century AD)


May 23rd, 2005





Scythians and Greeks focuses on the ancient history of the northern Black Sea region: a major 'new frontier' of Classical studies. The book presents a series of engagements with key themes bearing on cultural interactions within the region, from archaic Greek colonial settlement (approx. sixth century BC) down to the region's inclusion within the Roman imperial system (first century AD). By bringing together contributors from Russia, Ukraine and Georgia, the book makes available material and ideas which are either wholly new or known only to a very limited circle of specialists. The particular focus is on the relationships which developed, in peace and war, between the local peoples of the region (conventionally termed 'Scythians') and the cultures of the classical Graeco-Roman world.

List of Contributor David Braund (By (author)) A. Yu. Alekseyev (Contributions by) Balbina Bäbler (Contributions by) Gregory Bongard-Levin (Contributions by) David Braund (Contributions by) Valeria Bylkova (Contributions by) A. I. Ivanchik (Contributions by) S. D. Kryzhitskiy (Contributions by) A. A. Maslennikov (Contributions by) V. Yu. Murzin (Contributions by) Sergey Saprykin (Contributions by) Mikhail Treister (Contributions by) Yulia Ustinova (Contributions by) M. I. Zolotaryov (Contributions by) V.M. Zubar (Contributions by)

Author Information

David Braund is Professor of Ancient History, and head of the Classics and Ancient History department at the University of Exeter. His particular specialism lies in the Black Sea region, especially Russia, Ukraine and Georgia, and he speaks Russian and Georgian fluently.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
List of illustrations
Map of the Black Sea Region
1. Introduction - DAVID BRAUND (University of Exeter, England)
2. E.H. Minns and M.I. Rostovtzeff: Glimpses of a Scythian Friendship - GREGORY BONGARD-LEVIN (Institute of History, Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia)
3. Key Points in Scythian History - V.YU. MURZIN (National Academy of Sciences, Kiev, Ukraine)
4. Scythian Kings and ‘Royal’ Burial-Mounds of the Fifth and Fourth Centuries BC - A.YU. ALEKSEYEV (Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia)
5. Masters and Workshops of the Jewellery and Toreutics from Fourth-Century Scythian Burial-Mounds - MIKHAIL TREISTER (University of Bonn, Germany)
6. Snake-Limbed and Tendril-Limbed Goddesses in the Art and Mythology of the Mediterranean and Black Sea - YULIA USTINOVA (Ben-Gurion University, Israel)
7. Pericles, Cleon and the Pontus: The Black Sea in Athens c. 440–421 - DAVID BRAUND (University of Exeter, England)
8. Who were the ‘Scythian’ Archers on Archaic Attic Vases? - A.I. IVANCHIK (University of Bordeaux/CNRS, France, and Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia)
9. Bobbies or Boobies? The Scythian Police Force in Classical Athens - BALBINA BÄBLER (University of Hamburg, Germany, and University of Exeter, England)
10. Olbia and the Scythians in the Fifth Century BC: The Scythian ‘Protectorate’ - S.D. KRYZHITSKIY (National Academy of Sciences, Kiev, Ukraine)
11. The Lower Dnieper Region as an Area of Greek/Barbarian Interaction - VALERIA BYLKOVA (Kherson Museum, Ukraine)
12. The Civic Frontiers of Tauric Chersonesus in the Fourth Century BC - M.I. ZOLOTARYOV † (Crimean branch of National Academy of Sciences, Simferopol, Ukraine)
13. The Development of Graeco-Barbarian Contacts in the Chora of the European Bosporus (sixth–first centuries) - A.A. MASLENNIKOV (Institute of Archaeology, Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia)
14. Thrace and the Bosporus under the Early Roman Emperors - SERGEY SAPRYKIN (Institute of History, Academy of
Sciences, Moscow, Russia)
15. The Crimean Campaign of Tiberius Plautius Silvanus - V.M. ZUBAR (National Academy of Sciences, Kiev, Ukraine)
Bibliography of Works Cited