The Narts: Ossetia’s National Epic

The Nart cycle of heroic legends is considered as the national epic tradition of the Ossetes, and as such it is key to understanding and appreciating their rich and ancient culture. And though less well-known to modern Westerners than the Greek, Roman, Germanic or Celtic literatures to which they are closely related, the Nart sagasContinue reading “The Narts: Ossetia’s National Epic”

Ossetian Genealogy: From Arya to Alan to Ir

National identity became something of a worldwide rage during the 20th century and nowhere more than in the former Soviet Union, particularly when the breakup of that multi-ethnic empire allowed for the resurgence among non-Russians of nationalist claims to territory and history. The Ossetes, numbering less than a million and living in one of the world’sContinue reading “Ossetian Genealogy: From Arya to Alan to Ir”