The Scythian Empire


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Christopher I. Beckwith is Distinguished Professor of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University. His many books include Empires of the Silk Road, The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia, Greek Buddha, and Warriors of the Cloisters (all Princeton).


"A New Yorker Best Book We've Read This Year"

"A History Today Book of the Year"

"The Scythian Empire is simply, dazzlingly original. . . . [Beckwith's] curiosity, imagination and learning—from the Yellow River to the Danube, from archaeology to linguistics—do what every history ought to do but few achieve: compel the reader to think."---Maxwell Carter, Wall Street Journal

"Often regarded by historians as a collection of savage tribes, the Scythians emerge as a pivotal force of the ancient world in this monumental history."
*The New Yorker*

"Highly recommended for all students of the Scythians and Classical Persia or China."
*Library Journal*

*History Revealed*

"Before I read this book, I thought the prophet Jeremiah had produced the best summary image of Scythians when he said of them simply that ‘They ride upon horses.' . . . Now that I have read [The Scythian Empire], I am tempted to think again, for, if he is right, Scythians were far more than riders, mare-milkers and curd-eaters; they were also administrators and thinkers."---D. B. Saunders, Classics for All

"Prof. Beckwith offers an original synthesis of the history of the Old World from the Black Sea to the Yellow River, between the 8th and the 4th century BC. . . . Beckwith's book is impressive with a large array of erudition."---Henri-Paul Francfort, Sehepunkte

"Magisterial. . . .Archaeologists should not write a word more about Scythia until they have read it."
*Current World Archaeology*

"Bold and controversial."---Paul Cartledge, Literary Review

"Prodigiously learned. . . .Full of hitherto unthought-of connections across the northern steppes. Not everyone will agree with Beckwith, but all will be challenged by his book which turns the classical world as we know it inside out."
*History Today*

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