Scythian query

From: george knysh
Message: 16884
Date: 2002-11-25

One of the major Scythian groupings mentioned by
Herodotus was that of the KATIAR. Scions of the
"second son" of Targitaos. Almost certainly "Nomadic"
Scythians (along with the TRASPIES). In our
collaborative efforts to understand and etymologize
the names of various 5th c. BC Scythian tribal
alliances, the KATIAR have so far proved elusive. So
my query is this: would it make any sense at all to
compare the name of these ancient folk to that of the
contemporary Iranian BAKHTIAR? If so, what would be
the relevant articulations? -AR? -IAR? -TIAR?

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