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The Thunatae (Ancient Greek: Θουνᾶται) were a Dardanian tribe, along with the Galabri, mentioned by Strabo. The Thunatae are mentioned as neighbors of the Maedi, a Thracian tribe. [1]



The tribe is mentioned by Ancient Greek author Strabo in his Geographica as ΘουνᾶταιThunatai. The tribal name Thunatae/Thunatai has been connected to the Messapic name Daunioi/Daunii in Apulia (south-eastern Italy). [2]


According to Strabo the Thunatae were a Dardanian tribe who bordered with the Thracian Maedi in the east. [3] [2]

Some scholars have suggested that the Thunatae may have been a Thracian people or probably strongly influenced by the neighbouring Thracians. [2] [4] However Strabo explicitly considers the Thunatae as a Dardanian people, also separating them from the Thracian tribe Maedi, hence from the Thracians. [3] Strabo's account provides evidence that in their eastern territory the Dardanians bordered the Thracians. [3]

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