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To watch the Celts during the eyes of the Greeks and Romans is the 1st goal of this ebook.

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In the event, Massilia hesitated to take sides in the civil war. 32). Caesar established a colony at Arles (Suet. ; Haarhoff 1920:9) which took much of Massilia’s trade, so the older city declined in prosperity during the Principate until in the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161–180 AD) the Massiliotes were forced to abandon their ancient constitution and alliance for the usual relationship between city-states and imperial Rome. Massilia throughout her history continued to be a blend of Hellenic, Roman and Celtic cultural characteristics.

In his treatise on the Generation of Animals 748 a25, he refers to the coldness of the Celtic lands which are situated beyond Iberia. Information about the Celts was still hard to obtain in his time; they made no strong impact, as yet, upon his world. Ephorus (c. 405–330 BC) was not an analytical historian, but a promulgator of interesting historical material. Yet his view about the extent of the territory occupied by the Celts is not excessively exaggerated by the standards of the fourth century BC.

The name ‘Nanos’ and its feminine ‘Nanna’ occur in Celtic areas where there is a Ligurian element in the population. ‘Petta’ actually does seem to have in its root meaning of ‘pet’ something small and affectionate, and its kindred may survive in the French ‘petit’. Etymological argument cannot establish the tribe’s identity, but the tradition that they were Ligures seems reasonable. Wordendings of the ‘briga’ type are common in Spain in territory not specifically associated with Celtic settlement: the form is relatively rare in Gaul (Clerc 1929:147).

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