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Having identified himself, on the title-page, both with the Swiss and with the Scythian "barbarus" described by Ovid, Rousseau now cites these same peoples as counter-models to polite Parisian society--as the Scyths had indeed already figured in Chapelain's Lecture as the medieval opposite of contemporary Frenchmen.
Perhaps significantly, burials are frequent north of the Caspian Sea, the area traversed by the non-Mazdian Scyths.
500 BCE): `it smokes and gives out such a vapour as no Grecian bath can exceed: the Scyths, delighted, shout for joy'.