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Greek and Celtic
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The two main areas of long-standing contact between Greek and the Celtic languages in the Ancient World were the Greek colonies of Southern France and the central part of the Anatolian Peninsula, Galatia. Greek authors call the Celtic peoples of the West Keltoí or Galátai, while the Eastern Celts are almost invariably referred to as Galátai. The earliest Gaulish inscriptions of Transalpine Celts (end of the 3rd c. BCE) come from the region close to the Greek colony o…

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Elisa Roma, “Greek and Celtic”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000150>
First published online: 2013

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