Between the seventh and third centuries BC, western Central Asia was inhabited by Iranian nomadic tribes, whose principal activity was cattle-herding. Yet these tribes were closely related to those of the northern Asian steppe, not just in terms of farming and economy, but culturally too. Greek writers refer to these tribes as the Scythians, whilst Persian authors knew them as the Sakas.
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History of Civilizations of Central Asia, Volume IIFormat:Countries:Afghanistan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan