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In the course of their wanderings throughout Europe, Celtic tribes from the lower Danube region ultimately arrived in Asia Minor via Greece (278 near Delphi) in the 3rd century bce. Settled in the central Anatolian plateau and cut off from other Celtic settlements for several generations, they constituted a linguistic and cultural island in the region between the rivers Sangarikos (Sakarya) and Halys (Kilil Irmak), thus in the vicinity of the modern Turkish capital, Ankara. They competed with the Phrygian population and with the neighboring Pergamum; the…

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Lührmann, Dieter, “Galatia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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