Interdimensional Observer Posted April 3, 2022 Share Posted April 3, 2022 (edited) 2 hours ago, Shanty Pete's 1st Mate said: I believe Sacae was inspired by the nomadic steppes of Mongolia and the various -stans. Sacae is another spelling of "Saka". Which was a subgroup of the Scythians. They would've resided in some the modern -stans and much further to the west, but Mongolia is too far to the east of their likely territory. The Scythians dominated its portion Central Eurasia during much of Antiquity, all those famed Greek city-states like Athens and Sparta knew about them. As with the traditional cycle of steppe peoples, they eventually declined when new ethnic groups came to dominate, although they likely weren't entirely eradicated and instead assimilated into the new group. The term "Scythian" itself was sometimes applied by the non-nomadic peoples whom they interacted with to mean Central Eurasians in general. Not much is actually known about the Scythians, being that they themselves didn't write anything down like settled agricultural kingdoms and empires, and that they didn't build great lasting structures of stone, living in lightweight biodegradable tents as nomads do. All we have is some jewelry, some other metallurgical items, and the burial mounds where they placed their bodies and grave goods. We also have the writings of their non-nomadic neighbors, which can be lacking in the detail we desire and biased with exoticism and anti-nomadism. Edited April 3, 2022 by Interdimensional Observer Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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