Scythia As Reflected By Iordanes (Jordanes): A Scene From The Sixth Century


Tarih İncelemeleri Dergisi, vol.35, no.1, pp.297-332, 2020 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.18513/egetid.770004
  • Title of Journal : Tarih İncelemeleri Dergisi
  • Page Numbers: pp.297-332
  • Keywords: Iordanes (Jordanes), Getica, Scythia, Huns, Bulgars, Acatziri, Historical geography


This study focuses on Scythia, Iordanes' Scythia, as depicted in his work entitled Getica. The first question of the study is how Iordanes saw Scythia. Although his records about physical geography are discussed here, the main focus will be on his descriptions of human geography/ethnography. In his human geography narratives, emphasis will be on Eastern Scythia tribes such as the Huns and the Bulgars which have been less emphasized in the previous studies. The second question of the study is where Scythia is according to Iordanes. Therefore, the way that Iordanes positions Scythia will be discussed in order to gain insight into his perception of Scythia. These processes will be included comparisons with Iordanes' other work Romana and other texts written before him and or by his contemporaries. In this way, the examination is expected to contribute to our understanding of Iordanes' text and the geographical and the historical knowledge in the sixth century.