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The meaning of Galatia in the Bible
(From Easton's Bible Dictionary)

has been called the "Gallia" of the East, Roman writers calling its inhabitants Galli. They were an intermixture of Gauls and Greeks, and hence were called Gallo-Graeci, and the country Gallo-Graecia. The Galatians were in their origin a part of that great Celtic migration which invaded Macedonia about BC 280. They were invited by the king of Bithynia to cross over into Asia Minor to assist him in his wars. There they ultimately settled, and being strengthened by fresh accessions of the same clan from Europe, they overran Bithynia, and supported themselves by plundering neighbouring countries. They were great warriors, and hired themselves out as mercenary soldiers, sometimes fighting on both sides in the great battles of the times. They were at length brought under the power of Rome in BC 189, and Galatia became a Roman province BC 25.


See more on the meaning of Galatia in the Bible:
Galatia {International Standard Bible Encyclopedia}
Galatia {Hitchcock's Bible Name}

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