From: george knysh
> > GK: The Dandarii were one of the historical*****GK: One point worth investigating is the
> > non-Greek components of the Bosporan Kingdom. A
> > Sindo-Maeotian tribe. According to Hecataeus of
> > Miletus (c. 5th c. BC) they lived at the mouth of
> > Kuban' r. (contemporary Russia), known as the
> > at that time. Abayev interprets the name as Iranic
> > ("holders of the river"). Trubachov thinks it more
> > likely to be Pontic Aryan, related to "dand"
> > reed) where the Kuban' flows into the Azov Sea.
> > Olthacus (Oltak) was a Sindo-Maeotic regulus
> > to Mithradates.
> > >
> > >
> I've seen 'dandani' in some sources. Of course the
> 'Dan-' part made
> me curious.
> Heyerdahl wants to identify �sgard with the city of
> Azov. According
> to him, the Dandari were sometimes at war, sometimes
> allies of the
> Siraci to the South.
> On the language question: I assume the languages
> that are known at the
> time in the area are Iranian or Indic, plus Greek
> used as a trade
> language. Were there others (eg. later extinct
> Caucasian languages)?