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 (sär-mā′shə, -shē-ə)
An ancient region of eastern Europe northeast of the Black Sea. The Sarmatian people occupied the area after the fourth century bc and fled across the Carpathian Mountains and along the Danube River after the onslaught of the Huns. The term is also applied to the territory between the Vistula and Volga Rivers during the time of the Roman Empire.

Sar·ma′tian adj. & n.


(Peoples) a native or inhabitant of Sarmatia, an ancient region of E Europe
1. (Placename) of or relating to Sarmatia or its inhabitants
2. (Peoples) of or relating to Sarmatia or its inhabitants


(sɑrˈmeɪ ʃi ən, -ʃən)
1. a member of any of a group of peoples who occupied the S Eurasian steppes from about the 4th century b.c. to the 4th century a.d.
2. the Iranian language of the Sarmatians.
3. of or pertaining to Sarmatia, the Sarmatians, or their language.
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In AD175 the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, sent a large detachment of Sarmatian cavalry to Britain specifically to defend Hadrian's Wall from invading Picts.
The main man here is Lucius Artorius Castus (Clive Owen), the half-Roman, half-British commander of a Sarmatian cavalry unit whose orders from Rome are to hold off the barbarian Saxons who are invading from the north.
The elites of Polish Prussia forged an identity rooted in constitutionalism and an elective monarchy, as well as on Prussian, Gothic, and Sarmatian myths.
The latter-day Sarmatian was a knight-hero, defender of the faith, the country and its traditions and deserving of the nation's pride.
The field was productive from Sarmatian (Tertiary age) shallow marine sandstones at a depth of around 4,000 feet sub sea.
In a typically Polish Sarmatian fashion, he argues that liberty is necessary to work efficiently and to develop one's full potential.
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Exquisite sixth and fifth-century BC classical pottery from the Black Sea, now in the National Museum in Kiev, the sculpted head of a third-century BC Kuschian prince from Tashkent, and intricately-wrought gold and be-gemmed Sarmatian armbands and jewellery from the first and second centuries BC, now in the museum at Rostov on the Don, are among the treasures that have come as a result of this more catholic approach.
Operations are now underway to perforate the Sarmatian Formation before moving the rig to the Fauresti-198 for the fourth well re-entry.
Oil-oil correlation by isotopic-geochemical composition shows that oils of the PS are different from reservoir oils of greater age, except for oils from Sarmatian deposits (UM).