Books on the Scythian

The Proto Indo-Europeans

Sakas in India (1955)

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Scythian Mythology (1993)

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Scythian Period (1949) by Lohuizen De Leaeuw

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Scythian Art (1986)

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Scythians & Greeks (1913)

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The Language of the Yüe-chi or Indo-Scythians (1917)

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Chronicles of Eri: Being the History of the Gaal Sciot Iber or The Irish people; translated from the original manuscripts in the Phoenician dialect of the Scythian Language, v01 (1822)

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Chronicles of Eri: Being the History of the Gaal Sciot Iber or The Irish people; translated from the original manuscripts in the Phoenician dialect of the Scythian Language, v02 (1822)

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Egypt and Scythia described by Herodotus, v04 (1886)

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The Archer & The Steppe or The Empires of Scythia (1860)

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  • 18th April 2019 at 3:26 pm

    most of the Sino-Platonic Papers series are freely available as PDF downloads. Earlier volumes were printed and can be purchased at various prices or downloaded as free PDFs ;

  • 18th April 2019 at 3:14 pm

    no I dont know anything about DNA characteristics ; nor is it something I’m interested in pursuing because you have to take such results on faith. I dont much believe anything scientists say — they seem to be worthless mercenaries, as a tribe

  • 17th April 2019 at 3:56 pm

    All these topics have been seriously advanced in recent decades, though various synthetic investigations of the whole range of evidence, and a much deeper understanding of the Prakrit inscriptions owing to the work of Harry Falk and of the so-called Bactrian language through the work of Nicholas Sims-Williams.
    So-called because a scholarly convention now too old and embedded to be changed, but in Sims-Williams’ editions of the great Rabatak Inscription of Kanishka the language of the Kushanas (Yuezhi/Tocharians) has now been revealed to have been called Aryan in its own day.

    Some of the more important recent studies on the Sakas, Kushanas and Indo-Greeks include the following ;

    Fundamental on the chronology of the eras used in Indian inscriptions, superceding everything written earlier :
    Harry Falk & Christopher J. Bennett, “Macedonian Intercalary Months and the Era of Azes”, AO 70 (2009), 197-215
    (AO. Acta Orientalia)

    establishes the Kushana Era as tricentennial reset of the era of Yonas (Indo-Greeks)
    and the Azes Era as bicentennial reset of the Arsakid Era

    On every aspect of the Silk Road in the Han epoch :-
    John E. Hill, Through the Jade Gate to Rome : A Study of the Silk Routes during the Later Han Dynasty 1st to 2nd Centuries CE (Annotated Translation of the Chronicle on the `Western Regions’ in the Hou Hanshu, Booksurge Publications, 2009)

    plus an updated two volume edition published in 2015 :
    Through the Jade Gate – China to Rome : A Study of the Silk Routes 1st to 2nd Centuries CE (An annotated translation from the Hou Hanshu, `The Chronicle on the Western Regions’, Updated and Expanded)
    Vol. I : Text, Translation and Notes
    Vol. II : Appendices and Bibliography

    Taishan Yu’s corpus on the ancient nomadic peoples of Asia :-
    A Study of Saka History (Sino-Platonic Papers 80, July 1998 ; original Chinese text 1992)

    A Hypothesis about the Sources of the Sai Tribes (SPP 106, 2000 ; original Chinese text same year)

    A History of the Relationships between the Western & Eastern Han, Wei, Jin, Northern & Southern Dynasties and the Western Regions (original Chinese text 1995 ; published in two parts in the SPP, no. 131, 2004 ; no. 173, 2006)

    The Earliest Tocharians in China (SPP 204, June 2010 ; no preceding Chinese version)

    A. F. P. Hulsewé, China in Central Asia : the Early Stage, 125 B.C. – A.D. 23. An annotated translation of chapters 61 and 96 of the History of the Former Han Dynasty (with introduction by M. A. N. Loewe, Leiden, 1979)

    Tung Tso-pin, Chronological Tables of Chinese History (Hong Kong UP, 1960)

    Filippo Canali De Rossi (ed.), Inscrizioni dello Estremo Oriente Greco (Inschriften griechischer Städte aus Kleinasien 65, Bonn, 2004)

    Michel M. Austin,
    The Hellenistic World from Alexander to the Roman conquest : A selection of the ancient sources in translation (Cambridge UP, second edition, 2006)

    Christopher I. Beckwith, Empires of the Silk Road. A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present (Princeton UP, 2009)
    – especially good (detailed !) on the question of the Yuezhi = Tochari (affirmative and convincing)

    Gérard Fussman, “ L’Indo-grec Ménandre ou Paul Demiéville revisité ”, JA 281 (1993), 61-137
    – Classic study of the Menandros I kingship and evidence for it ; now a little out-dated by new discoveries but still important, especially on the Chinese and Sri Lankan textual traditions for Milindapanha.

    Some Harry Falk papers on Prakrit inscriptions :-
    “The yuga of Sphujiddhvaja and the era of the Kuṣâṇas”, SRAA 7 (2001), 121-136
    (SRAA. Silk Road Art & Archaeology ; journal now defunct)

    “Five new Kharoṣṭhī donation records from Gandhāra”, SRAA 9 (2003), 71-86

    “The Introduction of stūpa-worship in Bajaur”, pp. 347-358 in Lattes 2005
    – important critique of the Shinkot casket inscription, exposing the parts on Menandros as modern forgeries

    “Three Inscribed Buddhist Monastic Utensils from Gandhāra”, ZDMG 156 (2006), 393-412
    (ZDMG. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft)
    – the Vasa-Abdagases donations bowl inscription, dated year 9 of the Maharaja Great Azha

    “The Name of Vema Takhtu”, pp. 105-116 in Festschrift Sims-Williams 2009

    “Ten thoughts on the Mathura Lion Capital Reliquary”, ch. 7 (pp. 121-141) in Essays Cribb 2011
    – a comprehensive revision of the Prakrit inscriptions covering the lion, from Falk’s personal inspection

    “Ancient Indian Eras : An Overview”, BAI n.s. 21, 2007 [2012], 131-146
    (BAI. Bulletin of the Asia Institute)

    Some Nicholas Sims-Williams papers on Bactrian inscriptions :-
    “Ancient Afghanistan and its invaders : Linguistic evidence from the Bactrian documents and inscriptions”, PBA 116 (2002), 225-242
    (PBA. Proceedings of the British Academy)

    “The Bactrian inscription of Rabatak : a new reading”, BAI n.s.18, 2004 (published 2008), 53-68

    “Bactrian Historical Inscriptions of the Kushan Period”, The Silk Road 10 (2012), 76-80

    Frank L. Holt,
    Thudering Zeus : The Making of Hellenistic Bactria (Hellenistic Culture and Society 32, U. California Press, 1999)

    Tadeusz Sulimirski,
    The Sarmatians (Ancient Peoples and Places series, vol. 73, Thames & Hudson, 1970)

    Francois Widemann,
    Les successeurs d’Alexandre en Asie centrale et leur héritage culturel. Essai (revised edition, Riveneuve, 2009)

    Michael Mitchiner,
    Indo-Greek and Indo-Scythian Coinage (9 vols., London, 1975-76)

    Robert C. Senior,
    Indo-Scythian Coins and History (3 vols., CNG, Lancaster PA, 2001)

    Indo-Scythian Coins and History (vol. IV, 2006)

    “Vonones, Maues and the Early Indo-Scythic Succession”, pp. 11-44 in Devendra Handa (ed.) Oriental Numismatic Studies, vol. 1 (New Delhi, 1996)

    “The Indo-Greek and Indo-Scythian King Sequences in the Second and First Centuries BC”, ONS-N 179 Supplement (2004)

    O. Bopearachchi,
    Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum. The Collection of the American Numismatic Society, Part 9 : Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek Coins (The American Numismatic Society, New York, 1998)

    • 17th April 2019 at 6:32 pm

      Thank You for the feedback, some of theses books will be alittle bit hard to get hold of, but ill see what i can find. thanks again,


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