MARIUSZ MIELCZAREK, born in 1955, is currently Professor of Archaeology at Torun University, Poland. He has conducted expeditions to the Black Sea coast of the Ukraine in pursuit of research into Ancient Greek military history, and has published many scholarly articles and monographs on Scythian, Sarmatian and Greek arms and armour.RICHARD BRZEZINSKI is a 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.
The Sarmatians 600 BC-AD 450by Richard Brzezinski
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
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.
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Brzezinski & Mielczarek did a splendid job presenting a concise and quick-hitting narrative of this otherwise overlooked people group. The Sarmatians were highly influential in the course of western civilization. The authors provide rich archeological detail for such a handy source, (48 pages, well worth the money). Gerry Embleton is to be commended for his fine artistry, especially plates D&E. Overall the book was well organized and answers the fundamental questions history buffs and others in the twenty-first century would want to know without overwhelming them. One example, as barbarians the Sarmatians were not Germanic, but Iranian. As a historian, I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to get a handle on the Middle Ages, or is interested in early Eurasian history (kudos to Osprey).