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Monday, 25 December 2017 16:39

A HISTORY OF UKRAINE. EPISODE 6. IRON AGE: THE CIMMERIANS

Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 25.12.2017 

 

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After the settlement of the different Indo-European tribes, part of them, i.e. the Indo-Iranian tribes, remained in the steppes of southern Ukraine and Crimea. They were thus named because ethnic groups related to them settled also in North India and Iran. 

 

Indo-Iranians, or Cimmerians, who lived in the territory of Ukraine became the first people in Eastern Europe to be mentioned in a written source, the "Iliad" by the Greek poet Homer. They had long swords and attacked settlements in modern central Ukraine. 

 

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Cimmerians, image on an ancient Etruscan vase

 

In the 7th century BC, the Scythians came to Ukraine. This was another Indo-Iranian tribe that returned to Ukraine from Asia. Some Cimmerians submitted to the Scythians, others died in a war and the rest left their homeland and embarked on a journey to the heart of civilization at the time — Asia Minor and the Middle East — where they started attacking the states of Lydia, Urartu and Assyria, as well as Greek cities.

 

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Cimmerians


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