The Scythian: His Rise and Fall

  title={The Scythian: His Rise and Fall},
  author={James William Johnson},
  journal={Journal of the History of Ideas},
  • J. W. Johnson
  • Published 1 April 1959
  • History
  • Journal of the History of Ideas
In the contemporary world of ideas, the ancient race called Scythians holds virtually no place in the popular imagination. Indeed, even among historians, limited by the modern historiographical insistence on the documented 'facts,' the Scythians are frequently ignored altogether or relegated to appendices and footnotes with the unicorn, Prester John, and Atlantis.1 Such connotations as the Scythians may have today are limited largely to a reference to their cannibalism in King Lear (I.i.118… 
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