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Scythians
Scythia-Parthia 100 BC.png
Approximate extent of East Iranian languages the 1st century BC is shown in orange.
Total population
(Unknown)
Regions with significant populations
Eastern Europe
Central Asia
West Asia
Northern India
Languages
Scythian language
Religion
Animism
Related ethnic groups
  • Sarmatians
  • Dahae
  • Sakas
  • Indo-Scythians
  • Massagetes
  • Jatts
  • Cheemas
  • Nairs

The Scythians or Scyths. were an Iranian speaking people.

They were nomadic, famous for their skills at horse riding, who dominated the Pontic steppe (modern Ukraine and Southern Russia) throughout the ancient world. By the 2nd century AD the closely-related Sarmatians came to dominate the Scyths in this area. Much of our information about the Scyths comes from the famous Greek historian Herodotus (c. 440 BC) in his Histories, and from archaeologically from the beautiful goldwork found in Scythian kurgan burial mounds in Ukraine and southern Russia.

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