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The Sarmatians: Some Thoughts on the Historiographical Invention of a West Iranian Migration

Abstract : The continuous migration of the Sarmatians from East to West is still considered an historical fact. The fundaments of this theory, however, are tricky: the Iranian tie of all the populations on the north-eastern edge of the ancient world is too weak to support the existence of one ancient ethnos; our current image of the Sarmatians is the result of loose readings of texts and archaeological evidence, nourished by nationalistic convictions. This paper de-constructs the currently accepted Sarmatian migrations and proposes a new history of the invention of the Sarmatians, through the critical re-examination of the linguistic and archaeological data as well as of the historiographical theses of the last 500 years.
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Anca Dan. The Sarmatians: Some Thoughts on the Historiographical Invention of a West Iranian Migration. Felix Wiedemann; Kerstin P. Hofmann; Hans-Joachim Gehrke. Vom Wandern der Völker. Migrationserzählungen in den Altertumswissenschaften, Topoi, pp.97-134, 2017, 10.17171/3-41. ⟨10.18452/18153⟩. ⟨halshs-01615459⟩

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