Sarmatians

   Nomadic people, related to the Scythians (q.v.), who settled in a broad swath along the northern periphery of the Black Sea (q.v.), and north of the lower Danube River (q.v.). During the reign of Constantine I (q.v.) they crossed the Danube in 323, and pillaged Thrace (q.v.) before the emperor (q.v.) chased them back across the Danube. Constantine I conquered them in 334, after which they were settled within the empire as farmers and soldiers.

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