Are Arians blond? May 10, 2010 20:18:37 GMT 3
Post by sarmat on May 10, 2010 20:18:37 GMT 3
As for Roxanne, yes she was either Bactrian or Sogdian. But she was not dark. Her actual name was Rokhshan-- and "rokhs" means "light." We see this also with the tribe Roxolani, the original name being Rokhsalani, the "light Alans."
Here is about the name of Roxana:
Yeah, it's a traditional Iranian name with the root "light," "luminous" but it doesn't imply that every person named with this name should have fair skin or face...
I just don't rememeber any descriptions of Roxana, if she was described as fair skinned lady with light hair, I don't mind that at all.
But absent the actual description of her, I don't think it's anything wrong in guessing her outlook based on the phenotype predominant in the modern lands which used to be called Bactria in the times of Alexander, and which is as a rule dark skinned brunnete with dark eyes...
BTW, Scythians and Sakas should have been looked different from the people in Bactria. We know from the Greek chronists descriptions that many scythians were blond with pale skin, but that wouldn't apply to Bactrians or Sogdians by default.