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Old December 3rd, 2012, 04:07 PM   #11

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what do know about them? were they really blonde or same with modern Iranian people. as far as I know they has heterogeneous populations when it comes to Y-DNA. they have little I and some R1a. also Angus mcb drawing ancient iranians as blonde if they werent why he drawing like this?

so, want to learn your opinions.

btw I dont think blonde people are superior to others. just want to learn how they look like in ancient times.
Help I running away I have blonde hair, blue eyes and very pale skin. 'help'.
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Well if you're interested in history it is!

However, no they were not. They did employ many merceneries from northern europe who had the reputation as forocious warriors
Can you give more details on this?
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Well if you're interested in history it is!

However, no they were not. They did employ many merceneries from northern europe who had the reputation as forocious warriors
What sources ever mention Celtic or Germanic mercenaries?

The Achaemenids employed Scythian mercenaries, and there's a small chance some of them might've been blonde. The Sassanids also used Hephthalite, Gokturkic and Kushan mercenaries which might've been blonde too.
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Exactly, many of these Iranic and other IE peoples in Central Asia, to begin with the Tocharians, were blond or red haired.
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Exactly, many of these Iranic and other IE peoples in Central Asia, to begin with the Tocharians, were blond or red haired.
I don't think Tocharians had any close relations with Persians. I may be wrong
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They weren't directly. But Tocharians were probably the ancestors of Kushana, who founded an empire in eastern Iran and northern India. Later, in the 3rd century AD, part of their territories and their peoples were subjected by Sassanid Persia.
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some modern iranians have blonde or red hair, so yeah some of them were at least. I believe that ancient Iranians looked just like the modern ones
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I thought Gui Shang (Kushan) was one sub-tribe of the Yue Zhi, so that they would have been more like a Mongoloid tribe. No?
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Achaemenids, Parthians and Sassanids
Well, there are blonde Iranians in the north (Rasht in Gilan province), so I can only assume that there were some in the ancient period as well.
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