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From Ancient Scythia To The Problem Of The Picts: Thoughts On The Quest For Pictish Origins

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The Problem of the Picts provides a fascinating local insight into the tyrannical power of the culture-historical theory of human difference, which is being given up by scholars of the past and present, leaving in its wake a massive clean-up job. The treatment of the period 300-850 by F. T. Wainwright and his colleagues as a meaningful and coherent block of time for research purposes looks, more than fifty years on, as outmoded as some of their other thinking. A particularly revealing element of the Pictish origin legend is its extraordinary idea that the gens Pictorum originated in Scythia. Possibly a careful study of the representations of Picts on monumental sculpture would reveal aspects of Pictish ethnicity, since perceptions of ethnic difference in the early Middle Ages could relate to arms, dress and hairstyle.

Keywords: ancient Scythia; F. T. Wainwright; Pictish ethnicity



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