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Sam Mustafa

 this the time when the Gothic tribes go traipsing off to the steppes, learning to ride horses in industrial quantities


Did they?  I thought only the aristocrats and their immediate retinues had mounts.  In other words, similar to the northern Germanic tribes.

This came up because I was reading Hugh Elton’s book about the later Roman army, and he asserts that historians have overestimated the horseyness of the barbarian armies, and that mounted troops comprised perhaps 10%.   He’s willing to assert something more like 40-50% to the Sarmatians, Alans, and others with steppe origins.