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The captured Skunkha

Skunkha, also written as Skunxa or Skuka, was king of the Sakā tigraxaudā ("wearing pointed caps Saka,") a group of Scythians. In 519 BC, Darius I of Achaemenids attacked the Saka tribe and captured their king. His capture is depicted in the relief sculpture of Behistun Inscription, last in a row of defeated "lying kings".[1] After his defeat, Darius replaced him with the chief of another tribe.[2]


  1. ^ Rolle, Renate (1 July 1992). The World of the Scythians. University of California Press. p. 47. ISBN 978-0520068643. 
  2. ^ M. A. Dandamayev (1999). History of Civilizations of Central Asia Volume II: The development of sedentary and nomadic civilizations: 700 BC to AD 250. UNESCO. pp. 44–46. ISBN 978-8120815407.