Galatian Really Celtic?
Anthony Durham &
version of 12 January 2013
Jerome’s AD 386 remark that the language of ancient
modern Ankara) resembled the language of the Treveri
Trier) has been misinterpreted. The “Celts”,
“Galatians” mentioned by classical authors, including
those who invaded
Greece and Anatolia around 277 BC, were not Celtic in
the modern sense
of speaking a Celtic language related to Welsh and
Irish, but tall,
pale-skinned, hairy, warrior peoples from the
north. The 150
or so words and proper names currently known from
Galatian speech show
little affinity with Celtic but more with Germanic.
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