Osprey Publishing MAA 373 Men-at-Arms The Sarmatians 600 BC-AD 450

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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.


Table of Contents

·The Sarmatian peoples - Sauromatae, Iazyges, 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

Product details

Published 19 Aug 2002
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781841764856
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 43 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 373
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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