> Date: Wed, 18 Jun 1997 11:19:23 -0400
> From: Eireann <[log in to unmask]>
> Are there/Have there ever been such peoples [Celts in Armenia]? While
> studying both Armenian and Irish culture & history I've noted quite a few
> [startling] similarities and I was wondering (for the sake of wonder) if
> there had ever been Celtic folks in Armenia.
No. The farthest East the Celts ever came is Galatia in Turkey (the
region around Ankara). Some may even have come further as mercenaries
in various mediterrenean armies (one of the Ptolemeian Egyptian kings
claimed a victory over a mercenary army of Celts he himself had
brought to Egypt but which had gone rebellious), maybe some even were
in Alexanders army when he went to India, but those all were isolated
individuals or small groups of people which didn`t have much (if any
at all) influence on where they came.
However, such possibilities between the Armenian and any given Celtic
(sub)culture are of course possible, as the Armenians also are part of the
Indoeuropean family and as such are, although only very distantly,
related to the Celts.
RAY (Raimund Karl,University of Vienna,Dep.of Prehistory)
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