SARMATIAN THEORY Part of Sarmatian and Scythian tribes settled at present day Ukraine/Russia around river Don or on ancient greek river Tanais. Later through history as Sarmatians were nomadic hunter/warrior type of people constantly in quest for food and riches they moved north to Baltic agricultural area. There they mixed with Baltic population and in that era Slavs as a tribe came in existence, as mixture of Sarmats and Baltic people.
Later one part of these people today refereed as “Slavs” settled from Baltic to Ukraine and there Kievan Rus state emerged while the other part later moved west to present day Poland (Croats and Serbs amongst them and other original tribes which later came to be present day central-European Slavic nations), and third and final migration is from Poland (White/west Croatia and White/west Serbia) to Balkans where Croats, Slovenes and Serbs and Macedonians migrated and settled to this day where they intermixed with local Celticized-Illyrians, Romans/Vlachs, and in lesser degree with Gothic and Cletic tribes present there.
Worlds side system deriving on colors present in all original Slavic nations is other part of the puzzle:
White Serbia, White Croatia, Red Croatia, White Rus/White Ruthenia, Belarus…connection is in Iranic word-side system. Why Slavs used it? Because of their Sarmatian heritage, as Sarmats were indo-European proto-Iranic branch of people and they used colors as world sides meaning white=west, red=south etc.
Finally language influences are not such important evidence of anything since many language groups have died, being replaced by others and such.
You will notice the spread of R1a a.k.a. Slavic haplogroup is following exactly the patter i said up there starting from Sarmatia/Scythia territory moving up to north to Baltic, then spreading to west (poland) and on end Central Europe/Balkan border.
Sarmatian tribe, Alans:
Ammianus Marcellinus considered the Alans to be the former Massagetae: “the Alani, who were formerly called the Massagetae” and stated “Nearly all the Alani are men of great stature and beauty; their hair is somewhat yellow, their eyes are terribly fierce”.
As obvious from these Greeks notes we are talking about European lighthaired looking Iranian Sarmats, Alans.
Slavic warrior, Polish King:
Third-century inscriptions from the Greek colony of Tanais at the mouth of the Don River mention a nearby Alan tribe called the Choroatos or Chorouatos. The historian Ptolemy identifies the Serboi as a tribe who lived north of the Caucasus, and other sources identify the Serboi as an Alan tribe in the Volga-Don steppe in the 3rd century.
Some historians argue that the arrival of the Huns on the European steppe forced a portion of Alans previously living there to move northwest into the land of Venedes, possibly merging with Western Balts there to become the precursors of historic Slav nations.)
“Sarmatism” (also, “Sarmatianism”) is a term that designates the dominant lifestyle, culture and ideology of the szlachta (nobility) of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Together with “Golden Liberty,” it formed a central aspect of the Commonwealth’s culture. At its core was a belief that the Poles were descended from the ancient Sarmatians.
One quote about Sarmats:
“ From this point (the mouth of the Danube) all the races in general are Scythian, though various sections have occupied the lands adjacent to the coast, in one place the Getae … at another the Sarmatae … Agrippa describes the whole of this area from the Danube to the sea … as far as the river Vistula in the direction of the Sarmatian desert … The name of the Scythians has spread in every direction, as far as the Sarmatae and the Germans, but this old designation has not continued for any except the most outlying sections …. ”
According to Pliny, Scythian rule once extended as far as Germany. Jordanes supports this hypothesis by telling us on the one hand that he was familiar with the Geography of Ptolemy, which includes the entire Balto-Slavic territory in Sarmatia, and on the other that this same region was Scythia. By “Sarmatia”, Jordanes means only the Aryan territory. The Sarmatians therefore did come from the Scythians.
Tacitus’ De Origine et situ Germanorum speaks of “mutual fear” between Germanic peoples and Sarmatians:
All Germania is divided from Gaul, Raetia, and Pannonia by the Rhine and Danube rivers; from the Sarmatians and the Dacians by shared fear and mountains. The Ocean laps the rest, embracing wide bays and enormous stretches of islands. Just recently, we learned about certain tribes and kings, whom war brought to light.
According to Tacitus, like the Persians, the Sarmatians wore long, flowing robes (ch 17). Moreover, the Sarmatians exacted tribute from the Cotini and Osi, and iron from the Cotini (ch. 43), “to their shame” (presumably because they could have used the iron to arm themselves and resist).
By the third century BC, the Sarmatian name appears to have supplanted the Scythian in the plains of what is now south Ukraine. The geographer, Ptolemy, reports them at what must be their maximum extent, divided into adjoining European and central Asian sections. Considering the overlap of tribal names between the Scythians and the Sarmatians, no new displacements probably took place.
What do you think is there a link between Scythians, Sarmats and Slavs today?