Monday, June 15, 2009

Gallia Cisalpina: A Celtic Nation

Gallia Cisalpina: A Celtic Nation

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Cisalpine Gaul (Latin: Gallia Cisalpina, meaning "Gaul on this side of the Alps") was the Roman name for a geographical area (later a province of the Roman Republic), in the territory of modern-day northern Italy (including Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Lombardy, Piedmont, Trentino-Alto Adige/S├╝dtirol and Veneto), inhabited by the Celts.


The Trophy of the Alps or Trophy of Augustus was built by the Roman emperor Augustus to celebrate his definitive victory over the ancient Celto-Ligurian tribes who populated the region and who had harassed merchants along Roman roads. Its remains may be seen in the Commune of La Turbie (Alpes-Maritimes), on the Grande Corniche, 6 km from Monaco.


Viator Catholicus said...

Not a Celtic nation! There may have been some Celts in Veneto and Liguria, but the natives were not Celts! The Paleo-Veneti and Liguri are clearly distinct peoples with their own languages and cultures even if by the time Rome entered the area they had adopted some Celtic fashions.

Brixia Fidelis said...

Well, a federation of regional Celto-Ligurian tribes. Is that not what Wikipedia stated? "Celto-Ligurian," or Celt and Alpine Italic tribes. If more-or-less similar cultural groups band together to stand up to an external threat, are they not now "a Nation?" Gaul became a nation against Caesar, so why is Cisalpine Gaul any different?

Anonymous said...

NO GAUL?WHY ROMANS CALLED IT GALLIA CISALPINA?Cenomani from south belgica,biturigi + local golasecca kelts 'insubri,orobi,laevi,marici,carnii,Boii in romagna!taurinii,salassi,all from belgium/france,alps and boemia!paleovenets,came from the region between balcan,austria,czech!were illirian celtizeted,originnaly wendi-li!liguri have the same d.n.a. as gaeli,north spanish,preindoeuropean,ok,but very different from italics,and for latins similar to padanian kelts for dressing and use(ligures and veneti)a latin version of war against gallic tribein north italy(liguresque orobii ad bellum picti sunt)...

Viator Catholicus said...

Anonymous, The Romans made it one unit as Gallia Cisalpina for political reasons. (It's the same reason the Romans called the whole peninsula "Italia" later. The Veneti may have adopted Celtic dress by the 3rd c. BC, but they were NOT Celts!!!
If you complain about Rome and want respect for the culture of the Celts, make sure you respect the Veneti and other non-Celtic peoples. In fact, when some of the Celts sided with the invading Carthegenians, other Celts and the Veneti defended their homeland with the Romans.