>>St. Jerome seems to have written on the Celts in Galatia in the fourth
century AD. I'm assuming this is in his book on Places (Liber >>Locorum)
but my source only mentions that he mentions the Celts in 'his works' (it's
not a great source, really). Apparently, Jerome >>says that a Celtic
dialect was still being spoken there in his time.
>No, in fact St. Jermone says (in Liber Locorum, I think, but I would need
to look for that to really be able to confirm that) that in Galatia a
>dialect is spoken that is similar to the one spoken in the area of Trier
(Augusta Treverorum). This is usually interpreted as "they still
> spoke Galatian there".
From Philip Freeman's "Galatian Language" (pg.11-12)
Jerome, "Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians 2.3" (4th century AD):
Galatas, excepto sermone Graeco, quo omnis oriens loquitur, propriam linguam
paene habere Treviros.
"The Galatians, except for the Greek tongue, which the whole east speaks,
have their own language very similar to the Treviri."
"Cyril of Scythopolis [Vita St. Euthymii 55] in the 6th century AD confirms
that the Galatian language was still being spoken a full eight hundred years
after the Galatians arrived in Anatolia. Cyril relates that a monk from
Galatia was temporarily possessed bySatan and unable to speak, but when he
finally recovered he responded only in his native Galatian tongue when
questioned: ei de pany ebizeto, Galatisti ephthengeto ("if he were pressed,
he spoke in Galatian")."
- Chris Gwinn