Thunatae

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The Thunatae (Ancient Greek: Θουνᾶται) were a Romanized Thraco-Illyrian [1] tribe of Dardania alongside the Galabri. [2] The Thracian Maedi tribe bordered the Thunatae eastwards. [3]

In AD 6, the Dardani were conquered by Rome and became part of the province of Moesia Superior (corresponding to present-day Kosovo, northern fringes of North Macedonia and northern Bulgaria). According to Strabo, the Dardani were not part of Illyria, [4] and they were divided into two sub-groups, the Galabri and the Thunaki. [5]

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References

  1. Wilkes, J. J. The Illyrians, 1992, ISBN   0-631-19807-5, page 85, "Whether the Dardanians were an Illyrian or a Thracian people has been much debated and one view suggests that the area was originally populated with Thracians who then exposed to direct contact with illyrians over a long period."
  2. "To the Dardaniatae belong also the Galabrii, among whom is an ancient city, and the Thunatae"
  3. James Cowles Prichard, Researches into the physical history of mankind, Vol 3, 1841
  4. The central Balkan tribes in pre-Roman times by Fanula Papazoglu, 1978, page 217
  5. Strabo: Books 1–7, 15–17 in English translation, ed. H. L. Jones (1924), at LacusCurtius