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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2018 11:31 a.m. PST

"In the second half of the sixth century BC a large scale tribal movement took place north of the Black sea. This began when the Massagetai, the largest and most powerful of the tribes of north Central Asia, undertook an aggressive expansion into the steppes of Kazakhstan. During this process they either enslaved or integrated into their horde many of the nomadic horse tribes of central Asia. We know very little about the resulting confederation except that its success was due in part to the development of a new form of elite heavy cavalry known to the Greeks as Kataphraktoi, which became what we know as Cataphracts.

However, not all of the Central Asian horse tribes accepted the domination of the Massagetai. Some of these fled westward into the territories of the Sauromatians, another powerful horse tribe. Here, they formed a system of alliances which evolved into the tribal confederation known as the Sarmatians. But rapid population growth and the consequent need for greater food supplies drove some of the Sarmatians further west across the river Don into the lands of the Scythians. As a result, the Scythians, unable to withstand the sudden influx of large numbers of Sarmatians, began to push into the Bosporus. Here they lived peacefully within the Greek city states.

The peace lasted until 309 BC, when Parysadas, the king of the Greek city states of the Bosporus, died, leaving as his heirs three sons, Satyrus, Eumelus and Prytanis.[1] Satyrus, the eldest, made an alliance with Prytanis, the youngest, in order to reaffirm his claim to the kingship. This caused Eumelus, the second son, who felt he had an equal right to the kingship, to make an alliance with Aripharnas, the king of the Sarmatians and threaten Satyrus. Satyrus immediately made an alliance with the Scythians against their old enemies the Sarmatians, now under joint command of Aripharnas and Eumelus…."
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