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(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


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Kramer, Johannes (Trier), “Anti”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 05 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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