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(Βούλγαροι; Boúlgaroi, more rarely Bulgares; Boúlgares, Βούλγαρες, Latin usually Bulgares or Vulgares, more rarely Bulgari).

Name of a people belonging to the tribal group of the Huns; there is most probably an etymological connection with Old Turkish bul γ amak, ‘confuse’, ‘mix’ (cf. Turkish bulgur ‘wheat gruel’), so the name would be understood as ‘mixed people’. In fact the B. appear in the 2nd cent. AD to have been a loose conglomerate of various tribes settled in Siberia, with the Ogur-Turkish element dominating. In th…

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Kramer, Johannes (Trier), “Bulgari”, 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 10 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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