Excluding the ancestors of the Scyths
, who wandered westward along the steppes north of the Caspian Sea.
500 BCE): `it smokes and gives out such a vapour as no Grecian bath can exceed: the Scyths
, delighted, shout for joy'.
In Ukraine a little-known pegmatite deposit, possibly mined already by the Scyths
near the Krim Peninsula, yields emerald crystals to 2 cm.
In an interesting passage Gregory illustrates the dangers of postponing baptism by referring to some recent attack by the Scyths
, which had taken people off by surprise (364-12).
The Alexandrian librarian did not have to go to India, Iberia, Ethiopia, or to the land of the Scyths
to trace a map of the earth.