Sep 8, 2008

Russian Archaeologists Find Lost City

YahooNews: Russian archaeologists have found the long-lost capital of the Khazar kingdom in southern Russia, a breakthrough for research on the ancient Jewish state.

The city was the capital of the Khazars, a semi-nomadic Turkic peoples who adopted Judaism as a state religion, from between the 8th and the 10th centuries, when it was captured and sacked by the rulers of ancient Russia (Sviatoslav I, ruler of Kievan Rus', see controversial statue of him trampling a Khazar, above). At its height, the Khazar state and its tributaries controlled much of what is now southern Russia, western Kazakhstan, eastern Ukraine, Azerbaijan and large parts of Russia's North Caucasus region.

1 comment:

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

Nice statue. A bit too subtle, I fear.

What is the artist really trying to express?