Greeks and Scythians
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On this vase, an Attic Black-Figured Oinochoe of 510 BCE, mounted warriors are trampling a Scythian archer. He is bearded, wears a tall pointed hat, and carries both a sword scabbard and a gorytos. He has evidently lost his bow.
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Tampa 86.41 on Perseus.

Left: Scene of departure of a hoplite together with his Scythian companion. The Scythian is bearded, with shoes, and wears a body suit, kidaris, and carries a hatchet; a gorytos is hanging from his side. Attic Red-Figured Amphora of 500 BCE.
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Würzburg L507 on Perseus.

Right: Arming scene on an Attic Red-Figured Amphora of 500 BCE. The Scythian looks on while the hoplite arms; the Scythian is wearing a kidaris, body-suit, no shoes, and carries a hatchet and bow; his gorytos hangs at his side.
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Munich 2308 on Perseus.

An Attic Red-Figured Kylix of 500-490 BCE, showing two warriors, one a Greek hoplite and the other a Scythian archer who is here carrying a spear.
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Baltimore, Hopkins AIA B8 on Perseus.

After 500 BCE, Scythian emigration to the west was less common, and Scythians in Athens are more often public or private slaves. As public slaves, they were employed to serve as Athens' "police force," and characters based on them appear in several of Aristophanes' plays. There they are ridiculed as barbarians and ignorant ruffians; you will encounter one such representation next semester when you read the selection based on Aristophanes' Acharnians (Section Ten A-C).