(Ἄνται; Ántai, Antae, Anti). Barbaric nomads recorded north of the Black Sea in the 6th cent. The A. are usually mentioned together with the Sclavenes (e.g. Procop. Goth. 3,14; Mauric. 11,4); they are considered Slavs by some, Iranians and even Goths by others, but the name is probably a non-ethnic and non-linguistic designation for a warrior band. The A. were allies of the Byzantines against the Avars in 545-602.
R. Werner, Zur Herkunft der A., in: Studien zur ant. Sozialgesch., Festschrift Friedrich Vittinghoff, 1980, 573-595