Your assignment is to write a critical source analysis paper with citations and bibliography on Herodotus’ The Histories, Book IV. The paper is to have a length of four typewritten pages (excluding bibliography). Your assignment must include a brief summary of Herodotus’ account. Discuss your position in response to one of the following questions.
1. According to Herodotus who were the Scythians? What was their impact on the historical events leading to the Persian Wars as described by Herodotus? Include in your answer his discussion of nomadisism. Include in your answer which groups the Scythians interacted with.
2. Discuss the objects shown in the catalogue From the Lands of the Scythians available from the JSTOR electronic database. What information do they provide about the nature of the Scythians’ life and society? Do they support or contradict Herodotus’ narrative?
3. Discuss nomadisism as an alternative to civilization as discussed in our class. Include references to both objects and Herodotus’ narrative.
The catalogue was published in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, New Series, Vol. 32, No. 5, From the Lands of the Scythians, Ancient Treasures from the Museums of the U.S.S.R. 3000 B.C.-100 B.C. (1973-1974).
Herodotus The Histories print copy is on course reserve from the M.R. Cohen Library circulation desk and the call number is D58 .H4713 1996.
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