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Old December 1st, 2012, 05:21 AM   #1
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Were ancient Persians blonde?


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.

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anyone?
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 12:35 PM   #3

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Does it matter?
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Does it matter?
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
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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.
How far back are we talking?
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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
from northern europe? you mean scandinavia? I didnt heard before Persians used europeans as mercenaries.

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Achaemenids, Parthians and Sassanids
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There are several references to blond (and red haired) Iranic peoples, for example the Alans or the Scythians.
But I don't remember blond Persians, specifically from Fars.



The Alani http://www.tertullian.org/fathers/am..._book31.htm#C2

21. Nearly all the Alani are men of great stature and beauty; their hair is somewhat yellow, their eyes are terribly fierce; the lightness of their armour renders them rapid in their movements; and they are in every respect equal to the Huns, only more civilized in their food and their manner of life. They plunder and hunt as far as the Sea of Azov and the Cimmerian Bosphorus, ravaging also Armenia and Media.

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And greeks too.
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Judging by ancient Persian art, they look the same as nowadays
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Persians assimilated the people who already lived there and those were not exactly blondes. The proto-Iranics lets say had potentially all colours, but they were not exlusively blond. Most probably a brown haired majority and a light haired minority.
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