This book has explored the social lives of Greco-Scythian art over an extensive chronological span from the perspective of the disciplinary traditions of classical archaeology, making ample reference to a selection of the most important grave assemblages from mounded tombs on the Cimmerian Bosporus that were excavated in pre-Revolutionary times. It has also analysed a variety of status occupations represented on the Greco-Scythian implements, particularly the noble feast, and has highlighted commensality as a fundamental political institution. Citing the work of Russian scholar Mikhail Ivanovich Rostovtzeff, especially his inference from the Greco-Scythian depictions of conviviality to the presence of Iranian rites of communion in the northern Black Sea region, the book has shown how images can reveal what the past really looked like and what the ancients believed, rather than how they constructed their beliefs about the world.
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