>****GK: I agree that the Satarchae are "Royal Scythians" (in part at least, viz., those called "Spali" (= "Pali" without the prefix). But I don't accept the idea that Satarchae= Sadagarii. And I don't think that Satarchae is the same as Herodotus' Sagartioi. I'm still looking for a correct etymology of "Satarchae". I suppose that Sat- + archai(ioi) would be too simplistic not to say dilettantic... What would Sat- stand for? Or would it be Sata- archioi where Sata is the plural of Sa- which stands for (k)Sai = 'kings' = "the old kings" i.e. the Royal Scythians (Pali) who switched their main abode to Central Asia near 300 BCE (that seems quite certain), and returned to their classical haunts in the first part of the 2nd c. BCE? I wonder.
> Tuomo Pekkanen
> The Ethnic Origins of the Î´Î¿Ï Î»Î¿ÏÏÎ¿ÏÎ¿Î¹
> pp 144-149
> 'THE SATARCHAE - SADAGARII