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Celtic Tribes

The original Celtic people walked this earth and passed on their very own traditions, art and music to the rest of the world. Today, the Celtic tribes in most parts of Europe still carry on their legacy.

The Gaulish tribes are the most popular of the Celtic tribes. These tribes spread as far as the countries of Switzerland, France, Italy and Spain. Below are  lists of the Gaulish tribes of Europe.

  • Aedui Tribe
    They were leaders of trading in Transalpine Gaul. They had Bibracte as its capital city. Their land was threatened by the neighbouring tribes (Sequani, Arveni, and Allobroges).
  • Arveni Tribe
    An anti-Roman tribe that posed a risk to the peace and order in Transalpine Gaul. Its capital, Gergovia, was a 1200 feet plateau. The Arveni tribe was rich in silver and gold mines. Their prosperity made them strong both economically and militarily.
  • Aquitanii Tribe
    This Celtic tribe consisted of smaller tribes, including the tribe of Vasates. The city of Burdigala was its centre. These tribes were basically composed of fishermen and were generally a peaceful people, but were vulnerable when other tribes threatened their lands.
  • Bituriges Tribe
    The Biturriges was said to be the most powerful tribe of all Galish Celtic tribes. The Avaricum was the most prosperous settlement in Gaul, making it Bituriges' capital city. They were often in conflict with the Arveni and Pictones, over their land's territory.
  • Carnutes Tribe
    This tribe thrived in extensive forests and hills. It was said to be the centre of the Druidic religion. The Liger River bordered it in the south and Cenabaum is its capital city. They were known and feared because of their warrior techniques.
  • Parissi Tribe
    The Parissi was the entryway along the south and north Gaul. Its capital city was in Lutetia, the city that was said never to have been subjected to threat of war.
  • Pictones Tribe
    This was one of the most civilized and independent of the Celtic tribe. They had abundant resources of timber and were good traders of Transalpine Gaul.
  • Redones Tribe
    This Celtic tribe was located at Gaul's northern coastline. They were rich in agricultural resources and were extremely good at trading. They were said to have an alliance with the Romans.
  • Senones Tribe
    The Senones tribe's capital city was on Agendincum. They were known to be anti-roman and were often at war with their neighbouring tribes.
  • Veneti Tribe
    This maritime tribe was also often called the Armorica. It had Gwenea as its capital city. The Veneti were famous for their guerrilla tactics. They hid in the forests and launched a surprise attack when invaders entered their tribe. Their land was rich in iron and timber.

The Celts also spread in the county of Belgium and were often referred to as the Belgic tribe. Here are some of them:

  • Remi Tribe
    The Remi tribe was said to be the most popular Belgic tribe. They had an alliance with the Germans and were very famous because of their horses.
  • Atrebates Tribe
    The Attrabes tribe was known to be one of the most powerful of the Belgic tribes. They even spread their territory over the southern extremities of Britain.
  • Eburones Tribe
    Their territory lay at the banks of the Rhenus River. They were friendly with the Germans and had one of the most massive armies in Gaul.
Original Authors: Jennifer Tumanda
Edit Update Authors: RPN
Updated On: 24/01/2007



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