History Weekends 2019: Barry Cunliffe

Barry Cunliffe will be speaking about the Scythians, skilled horsemen who rampaged across the steppe from the Altai mountains to the Great Hungarian Plain in the first millennium BC, at our 2019 History Weekend in Winchester

BBC History Magazine will host two History Weekends in 2019, one in Winchester and one in Chester.

Talk: Scythians: Warrior Nomads of the Steppe

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Winchester: Saturday 2 November, 16.40–17.40



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Talk synopsis: The Scythians were skilled horsemen who rampaged across the steppe from the Altai mountains to the Great Hungarian Plain in the first millennium BC coming into contact with the Persians and the Greeks. Herodotus was fascinated by them, providing us with a detailed description of their way of life, but it is their art and their spectacular burials that best shows their vibrance and energy.

Barry Cunliffe
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Speaker bio: Barry Cunliffe is Emeritus Professor of European Archaeology at Oxford University. He has excavated widely in Britain and in France and Spain. He is fascinated about what it is that makes humans travel over vast distances by the steppe, the desert and on the sea and it is on these subjects that he most enjoys writing.