The Scythians aren’t a well-known people group, but their innovations revolutionized ancient warfare. In their day, they were the boogey-men of the Greek world. These guys were downright scary.
Who were the Scythians?
The Scythians were an Indo-Iranian nomadic people group who lived on the steppes (plains) of modern-day Ukraine between 700-300 BCE. Their territory, according to Herodotus, extended 20 days ride in every direction. They claimed wherever the sea of grass of the open steppes grew. Homer called them ‘mare-milkers’ due to their love of mare’s milk and cheese. Continue reading