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    Bastarnae-icon.png Bastarnaeball was a ancient Unidentified land stealer Tribe-icon.png tribeball in Moldova-icon.png Moldovaball and Ukraine-icon.png Ukraineball.

    History[edit | edit source]

    Bastarnae-icon.png Bastarnaeball was first mentioned in 179 BC, as allies of Macedon-icon.png Macedonball.

    Bastarnae-icon.png Bastarnaeball first came into direct conflict wih Roman Republic-icon.png Romeball as a result of Roman Republic-icon.png Roman expansion in the lower danube in 75–72 BC, in an alliance with Dacia-icon.png Getaeball and Sarmatians-icon.png Sarmatiansball.

    Later, they appear to have maintained friendly relations with SPQR-icon.png Romeball during the first two centuries AD. This changed c. 180, when Bastarnae-icon.png Bastarnaeball participated in an invasion of SPQR-icon.png SPQRball's clay, once again in alliance with Sarmatians-icon.png Sarmatiansball and Dacia-icon.png Daciaball.

    In the mid-3rd century, Bastarnae-icon.png Bastarnaeball were part of a Goths-icon.png Gothic-led grand coalition of lower Danube tribes that repeatedly invaded the Balkan provinces of SPQR-icon.png SPQRball.

    Many Bastarnae-icon.png Bastarnaeballs were resettled within the clay of SPQR-icon.png SPQRball in the late 3rd century.

    Ethno-linguistic affiliation[edit | edit source]

    The earliest Ancient Greece-icon.png SPQR-icon.png Greco-Roman historians said that the Bastarnae-icon.png Bastarnaeballs spoke Gaul-icon.png Celtic languages. In contrast, later historical sources imply that they spoke Germania-icon.png Germanic languages, and could be considered Germania-icon.png Germaniaballs. Like other balls who lived in the same geographical region, Ancient Greece-icon.png SPQR-icon.png Greco-Roman writers also referred Bastarnae-icon.png Bastarnaeball as Scythia-icon.png Scythianballs, but this was a general term, not a linguistic category.

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