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From Scythia to Camelot: A Radical Reassessment of the Legends of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and the Holy Grail

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This volume boldly proposes that the core of the Arthurian and Holy Grail traditions derived not from Celtic mythology, but rather from the folklore of the peoples of ancient Scythia (what are now the South Russian and Ukrainian steppes).
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This volume boldly proposes that the core of the Arthurian and Holy Grail traditions derived not from Celtic mythology, but rather from the folklore of the peoples of ancient Scythia (what are now the South Russian and Ukrainian steppes).
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Proposes that the pride of British legend did not derive from Celtic legend at all as most scholars and readers believe, but from Scythian folklore brought to the Misty Isle from the steppes of what is now southern Russia and the Ukraine during late Roman times by the Alan and Sarmatian tribes. Draws close parallels with surviving folklore among the modern people of the northern Caucasus, and argues that several major characters reflect historical people from the early fifth century. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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C. Scott Littleton is professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at occidental College in Los Angeles, California. He is the author of numerous books and articles on comparative Indo-European mythology, including the The New Comparative Anthology: An Anthropological Assesment of the Theories of Georges Dumezil (3rg Edition, 1982). He has also published extensively on Japanese Mythology and Folklore.
Linda A. Malcor is a California-based free-lance writer and researcher. She holds a Ph.D. in Folklore and Mythology from UCLA and occassionally teaches and lectures on the Arthurian legends. In addition to scholarly publications, she writes fantasy fiction and screenplays.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I The Cultural and Historical Background
1 The Northeast Iranians 3
Pt. II Figures
2 Arthur and the Sarmatian Connection 61
3 Lancelot and the "Alan of Lot" 79
4 The Knights and the Narts 125
5 Women, Water, and Warriors 153
Pt. III Themes and Images
6 The Sword in the Stone 181
7 The Serpent Image 195
Pt. IV The Holy Grail
8 The Holy Grail, the Cauldron of Annwfn, and the Nartamongae 209
9 The Alans and the Grail 233
10 The Grail Keepers 255
Conclusions 281
Appendix 1. A Note on Sources 285
Appendix 2. Genealogies 293
References Cited 327
Index 361
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