A Scythian Buries His Horse

Out of the east came a rider...and then more and more.

Two and a half thousand years ago, the Scythians conquered much of south central Asia and what is now southern RUSSIA and Ukraine; they made drinking cups from their victims' skulls and buried their rulers' horses alongside their kings and queens.

They fascinated the Ancient Greeks and they continue to transfix RUSSIAns like the poet Alexander Blok and the composer Sergei Prokofiev.

In a report from a Scythian burial mound on the Crimean steppe, the historian Catherine Merridale asks who the Scythians were and why their nomadic warrior ethic continues to bewitch us.

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Out of the east came a rider...and then more and more.

Two and a half thousand years ago, the Scythians conquered much of south central Asia and what is now southern RUSSIA and Ukraine; they made drinking cups from their victims' skulls and buried their rulers' horses alongside their kings and queens.

They fascinated the Ancient Greeks and they continue to transfix RUSSIAns like the poet Alexander Blok and the composer Sergei Prokofiev.

In a report from a Scythian burial mound on the Crimean steppe, the historian Catherine Merridale asks who the Scythians were and why their nomadic warrior ethic continues to bewitch us.