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Greco-Scythian Art and the Birth of EurasiaFrom Classical Antiquity to Russian Modernity$
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Caspar Meyer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199682331.001.0001

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Greco-Scythian Art in Practice

Greco-Scythian Art in Practice

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(p.241) Six Greco-Scythian Art in Practice
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Greco-Scythian Art and the Birth of Eurasia
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Caspar Meyer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199682331.003.0006

This chapter examines the evidence of Greco-Scythian art in practice by focusing on tombside feasts from burial mounds on the Bosporus. It suggests that those feasts provided one of the primary sites for the use and display of Greco-Scythian metalwork and defined elite power as a religious system independent of other forms of statehood on the Bosporus, especially the Greek polis. It also considers religion in ancient Bosporus in relation to the views expressed by Russian scholar Mikhail Ivanovich Rostovtzeff and his successors.

Keywords:   feasts, burial mounds, Greco-Scythian art, Bosporus, metalwork, elite, power, polis, religion, Mikhail Ivanovich Rostovtzeff

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