The Sarmatians 600 BC-AD 450

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August 2002



The Sarmatians - one of the many nomadic groups to emerge from the great Eurasian Steppe - crossed the Don in about the 3rd century BC to displace their western neighbours, the Scythians, in the lands north of the Black Sea. Later they burst into Asia Minor and Rome's Danube provinces, becoming famous for the prowess of their lance-armed cavalry - first as enemies, and later as allies of Rome. They influenced Rome's adoption of heavy armoured cavalry, and in Roman service they were even posted to Britain. Drawing upon a wide reading of Classical authors and of Russian archaeological publications, this fascinating study is the first major English language attempt to reconstruct their armour, equipment and tactics.


The Sarmatian peoples - Sauromatae, lazyges, Roxolani, Aorsi, Siraces & Alani - The Sarmatians in Roman service - Offensive arms - lances, swords, archery gear - Defensive arms - body armour, helmets, shields, lassoes - Horses & horse equipment - Standards - the 'draco' - Military organisation - Tactics - Myth & legend


Professor Mariusz Mielczarek of Torun University, Poland, is an archaeologist and numismatist who has taken part in many digs, and over the past few years has conducted expeditions to the northern Black Sea coast of the Ukraine. His previous publications include 'Cataphracti and Clibanaril: Studies on the Heavy Armoured Cavalry of the Ancient World' (Lodz, 1993). Richard Brzezinski is a young historian and a leading expert on the military history of central and Eastern Europe, greatly admired for his primary research and painstaking work in archives in Sweden, Germany and Poland. He has previously written titles on Polish Armies 1569-1696 and the army of Gustavus Adolphus in Osprey's Men-at Arms series.

EAN: 9781841764856
ISBN: 184176485X
Untertitel: 'Men-at-Arms'. 40 b&w and 8 colour illustrations. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2002
Seitenanzahl: 48 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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