Amages Drachen is a reenactment group created by means of the “Living History”, i. through reconstructions of clothing and artefacts, to make living history tangible.
Our members come from the Rhine-Main area and the Stuttgart area and are committed to teaching and depicting ancient steppe cultures. Both Scythian and Sarmatian representations from a period of about 600 BC. up to approx. AD 300, which we have produced on the basis of archaeological finds and historical sources, are part of our repertoire. We would like to introduce event visitors to the material culture of ancient steppe nomads with self-created replicas, explanations and lectures.
The steppe belt today includes, amongst others, large parts of Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia, and was inhabited in ancient times by nomadic tribes.
In particular, the Scythians, Saken, Sauromatians and Sarmatians, which are also part of our representations.
Unfortunately, these nomadic cultures have left no own written records. The knowledge of these scripture-free cultures can today only be taken from archaeological finds and written sources of neighboring cultures.
So from the 1st millennium BC until the late antiquity these ancient nomads stood in constant contact with the settled “high cultures” on the edge of the steppe belt: Persians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans.
These cultural contacts were both peaceful and warlike: on the one hand, the nomads benefited from the trade routes through the steppe areas (“Silk Road”), on the other hand, the mounted archers were also dreaded warriors or coveted mercenaries.
Although these “mer-milkers” and “horse-bowers”, as they were called by ancient authors, are still rarely found in the current impart knowledge of history, they have always had a decisive influence on European history and contributed to the present-day face of Europe.