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Movements of peoples in the ancient world as in the modern were sometimes peaceful and sometimes marked by violence. During the 4th and 3rd centuries BC tribes known as Galatians and Celts migrated from central and eastern Europe and descended upon Italy and Greece where they extorted money from the Hellenistic Greek city states and kingdoms and hired themselves out as mercenaries. Their prowess as fearless warriors was greatly appreciated and they took service in the armies of Macedonia, Syria and Egypt as well as Carthage.
One band made a raid on the Temple of Delphi in 279 Bc to plunder the rich collection of dedications to the god Apollo. Ancient Greek and Roman historians describe their terrifying appearance on the battlefield, fighting naked, their hair combed back with lime and armed with long slashing swords and carrying distinctive shields. They could also…
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