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More than 2,000 "nonsense" inscriptions (meaningless strings of Greek letters) appear on ancient Greek vases. We ask whether some nonsense inscriptions and non-Greek words associated with figures of Scythians and Amazons represent meaningful sounds (phonemes) in foreign languages spoken in "Scythia" (Black Sea-Caucasus region). We analyze the linguistic patterns of nonsense inscriptions and non-Greek words on thirteen vases featuring Scythians and Amazons by otherwise literate vase paintersdoi:10.2972/hesperia.83.3.0447 fatcat:ml2jy2m2izgpbfhdiw7fc27zl4