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The Getae
Getae
/ˈdʒiːtiː/ or /ˈɡiːtiː/ or Gets (Ancient Greek: Γέται, singular Γέτης) were several Thracian
Thracian
tribes that once inhabited the regions to either side of the Lower Danube, in what is today northern Bulgaria
Bulgaria
and southern Romania. Both the singular form Get and plural Getae
Getae
may be derived from a Greek exonym: the area was the hinterland of Greek colonies on the Black Sea
Black Sea
coast, bringing the Getae
Getae
into contact with the Ancient Greeks
Ancient Greeks
from an early date. Several scholars, especially in the Romanian historiography, posit the identity between the Getae
Getae
and their westward neighbours, the Dacians.[clarification needed]

Contents

1 Ethnonym 2 Getae
Getae
and Dacians

2.1 Ancient sources 2.2 Modern interpretations

2.2.1 Same people 2.2.2 Same language, distinct people 2.2.3 Suggested link to Jats

3 History

3.1 7th – 4th century BC 3.2 Prosperity 3.3 Conflict with Rome

4 Culture 5 Physical appearance 6 Getae
Getae
and Goths 7 See also 8 Notes 9 References

9.1 Ancient 9.2 Modern

10 External links

Ethnonym[edit] The ethnonym Getae
Getae
was first used by Herodotus. The root was also used for the Tyragetae, Thyssagetae, Massagetae, and others. Getae
Getae
and Dacians[edit] See also: Dacians Ancient sources[edit]

Beaker with birds and animals, Thraco-Getian, 4th century BC, silver, height: 18.7 cm (7.4 in), Metropolitan Museum of Art

Strabo, one of the first ancient sources to mention Getae
Getae
and Dacians, stated in his Geographica
Geographica
(c. 7 BC – 20 AD) that the Dacians
Dacians
lived in the western parts of Dacia, "towards Germania
Germania
and the sources of the Danube", while the Getae
Getae
lived in the eastern parts, towards the Black Sea, both south and north of the Danube.[1] The ancient geographer also wrote that the Dacians
Dacians
and Getae
Getae
spoke the same language,[2] after stating the same about Getae
Getae
and Thracians.[3] Pliny the Elder, in his Naturalis Historia
Naturalis Historia
(Natural History), c. 77–79 AD, states something similar: "... though various races have occupied the adjacent shores; at one spot the Getae, by the Romans called Daci...".[4] Appian, who began writing his Roman History under Antoninus Pius, Roman Emperor from 138 to 161, noted: "[B]ut going beyond these rivers in places they rule some of the Celts
Celts
over the Rhine
Rhine
and the Getae over the Danube, whom they call Dacians".[5][6] Justin, the 3rd century AD Latin historian, wrote in his Epitome of Pompeius Trogus that Dacians
Dacians
are spoken of as descendents of the Getae: "Daci quoque suboles Getarum sunt" (The Dacians
Dacians
as well are a scion of the Getae).[7][8] In his Roman History (c. 200 AD), Cassius Dio adds: "I call the people Dacians, the name used by the natives themselves as well as by the Romans, though I am not ignorant that some Greek writers refer to them as Getae, whether that is the right term or not...".[9][10] He also shows the Dacians
Dacians
to live on both sides of the Lower Danube; the ones south of the river (today's northern Bulgaria), in Moesia, and are called Moesians, while the ones north of the river are called Dacians. He argues that the Dacians
Dacians
are " Getae
Getae
or Thracians
Thracians
of Dacian race":[11]

In ancient times, it is true, Moesians and Getae
Getae
occupied all the land between Haemus and the Ister; but as time went on some of them changed their names, and since then there have been included under the name of Moesia
Moesia
all the tribes living above Dalmatia, Macedonia, and Thrace, and separated from Pannonia
Pannonia
by the Savus, a tributary of the Ister. Two of the many tribes found among them are those formerly called the Triballi, and the Dardani, who still retain their old name.[12]

Modern interpretations[edit] There is a dispute among scholars about the relations between the Getae
Getae
and Dacians, and this dispute also covers the interpretation of ancient sources. Some historians such as Ronald Arthur Crossland state that even Ancient Greeks
Ancient Greeks
used the two designations "interchangeable or with some confusion". Thus, it is generally considered that the two groups were related to a certain degree,[13] the exact relation is a matter of controversy. Same people[edit]

Onomastic range of the Dacian, Getae, and Moesian towns with the dava or deva ending, covering Dacia, Moesia, Thrace, and Dalmatia, and showcasing linguistic continuity

Strabo, as well as other ancient sources, led some modern historians to consider that, if the Thracian
Thracian
ethnic group should be divided, one of this divisions should be the "Daco-Getae".[14] The linguist Ivan Duridanov also identified a "Dacian linguistic area"[15] in Dacia, Scythia
Scythia
Minor, Lower Moesia, and Upper Moesia. Romanian scholars generally went further with the identification, historian Constantin C. Giurescu claiming the two were identical.[16] The archaeologist Mircea Babeș spoke of a "veritable ethno-cultural unity" between the Getae
Getae
and the Dacians.[citation needed] According to Glanville Price, the account of the Greek geographer Strabo
Strabo
shows that the Getae
Getae
and the Dacians
Dacians
were one and the same people.[17] Others who support the identity between Getae
Getae
and Dacians
Dacians
with ancient sources include freelance writer James Minahan and Catherine B Avery, who claim the people whom the Greek called Getae
Getae
were called Daci by the Romans.[18] [19] This same belief is stated by some British historians such as David Sandler Berkowitz and Philip Matyszak.[20][21] The Bulgarian historian and thracologist Alexander Fol considers that the Getae
Getae
became known as "Dacians" in Greek and Latin in the writings of Caesar, Strabo
Strabo
and Pliny the Elder, as Roman observers adopted the name of the Dacian tribe
Dacian tribe
to refer to all the unconquered inhabitants north of the Danube.[22] Also, Edward Bunbury believed the name of Getae, by which they were originally known to the Greeks on the Euxine, was always retained by the latter in common usage: while that of Dacians, whatever be its origin, was that by which the more western tribes, adjoining the Pannonians, first became known to the Romans.[23] Some scholars consider the Getae
Getae
and Dacians to be the same people at different stages of their history and discuss their culture as Geto-Dacian.[24] Same language, distinct people[edit] Historian and archaeologist Alexandru Vulpe found a remarkable uniformity of the Geto-Dacian culture,[25] however he is one of the few Romanian archaeologists to make a clear distinction between the Getae
Getae
and Dacians, arguing against the traditional position of the Romanian historiography that considered the two people the same.[26] Nevertheless, he chose to use the term "Geto-Dacians" as a conventional concept for the Thracian
Thracian
tribes inhabiting the future territory of Romania, not necessarily meaning an "absolute ethnic, linguistic or historical unity".[26] Ronald Arthur Crossland suggested the two designations may refer to two groups of a "linguistically homogeneous people" that had come to historical prominence at two distinct periods of time. He also compared the probable linguistic situation with the relation between modern Norwegian and Danish languages.[27] Paul Lachlan MacKendrick considered the two as "branches" of the same tribe, speaking two dialects of a common language.[28] The Romanian historian of ideas and historiographer Lucian Boia stated: "At a certain point, the phrase Geto-Dacian was coined in the Romanian historiography to suggest a unity of Getae
Getae
and Dacians".[29] Lucian Boia took a sceptical position, arguing the ancient writers distinguished among the two people, treating them as two distinct groups of the Thracian
Thracian
ethnos.[29][30] Boia contended that it would be naive to assume Strabo
Strabo
knew the Thracian
Thracian
dialects so well,[29] alleging that Strabo
Strabo
had "no competence in the field of Thracian dialects".[30] The latter claim is contested, some studies attesting Strabo's reliability and sources.[31] There is no reason to disregard Strabo's belief that the Daci and the Getae
Getae
spoke the same language.[17] Boia also stressed that some Romanian authors cited Strabo
Strabo
indiscriminately.[30] A similar position was adopted by Romanian historian and archaeologist G. A. Niculescu, who also criticized the Romanian historiography and the archaeological interpretation, particularly on the "Geto-Dacian" culture.[32] In his opinion, Alexandru Vulpe saw ancient people as modern nations, leading the latter to interpret the common language as a sign of a common people, despite Strabo
Strabo
making a distinction between the two.[26] Suggested link to Jats[edit] There have long been attempts to link the Getae
Getae
and Massagetae
Massagetae
to the Jats
Jats
of South Asia. Likewise, the Dacians
Dacians
have been linked to the Dahae
Dahae
of Central Asia (and the Dahae
Dahae
to the Dasas of South Asia).W. W. Hunter claimed in 1886, suggested that the Jats
Jats
were an Iranian people – most likely Scythian/ Saka
Saka
in origin,[33] Alexander Cunningham (1888) believed that references in classical European sources – like Strabo, Ptolemy
Ptolemy
and Pliny – to peoples such as the Zaths, may have been the Getae
Getae
and/or Jats.[34][35] More recent authors, like Tadeusz Sulimirski,[36] Weer Rajendra Rishi,[37] and Chandra Chakraberty,[38][39] have also linked the Getae
Getae
and Jats. Less credible, however, are parallel claims by Alexander Cunningham that the Xanthii
Xanthii
(or Zanthi) and Iatioi – mentioned by Strabo, Ptolemy
Ptolemy
and Pliny – may have been synonymous with the Getae and/or Jats.[34] The Xanthii
Xanthii
were later established to be a subgroup (tribe or clan) of the Dahae. Subsequent scholars, such as Edwin Pulleyblank, Josef Markwart
Josef Markwart
(also known as Joseph Marquart) and László Torday, suggest that Iatioi may be another name for a people known in classical Chinese sources as the Yuezhi
Yuezhi
and in South Asian contexts as the Kuṣānas (or Kushans).[35] History[edit]

Eastern Europe in 200 BC showing the Getae
Getae
tribes north of the Danube
Danube
river

7th – 4th century BC[edit] From the 7th century BC onwards, the Getae
Getae
came into economic and cultural contact with the Greeks, who were establishing colonies on the western side of Pontus Euxinus, nowadays the Black Sea. The Getae are mentioned for the first time together in Herodotus
Herodotus
in his narrative of the Scythian
Scythian
campaign of Darius I
Darius I
in 513 BC, during which the latter conquered the Getae.[40] According to Herodotus, the Getae
Getae
differed from other Thracian
Thracian
tribes in their religion, centered around the god (daimon) Zalmoxis whom some of the Getae
Getae
called Gebeleizis.[41] Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BC, the Getae
Getae
were mostly under the rule of the flourishing Odrysian kingdom. During this time, the Getae provided military services and became famous for their cavalry. After the disintegration of the Odrysian kingdom, smaller Getic principalities began to consolidate themselves. Prosperity[edit] Before setting out on his Persian expedition, Alexander the Great defeated the Getae
Getae
and razed one of their settlements.[42] In 313 BC, the Getae
Getae
formed an alliance with Callatis, Odessos, and other western Pontic Greek colonies against Lysimachus, who held a fortress at Tirizis (modern Kaliakra).[43] The Getae
Getae
flourished especially in the first half of the 3rd century BC. By about 200 BC, the authority of the Getic prince, Zalmodegicus, stretched as far as Histria, as a contemporary inscription shows.[44] Other strong princes included Zoltes and Rhemaxos (about 180 BC). Also, several Getic rulers minted their own coins. The ancient authors Strabo[45] and Cassius Dio[46] say that Getae
Getae
practiced ruler cult, and this is confirmed by archaeological remains. Conflict with Rome[edit] In 72–71 BC Marcus Terentius Varro Lucullus
Marcus Terentius Varro Lucullus
became the first Roman commander to march against the Getae. This was done to strike at the western Pontic allies of Mithridates VI, but he had limited success. A decade later, a coalition of Scythians, Getae, Bastarnae
Bastarnae
and Greek colonists defeated C.  Antonius Hybrida at Histria.[47][48] This victory over the Romans allowed Burebista, the leader of this coalition, to dominate the region for a short period (60–50 BC). In the mid-first BC Burebista
Burebista
organized a kingdom consisting of descendants of those whom the Greeks had called Getae, as well as Dacians, or Daci, the name applied to people of the region by the Romans.[24] Augustus
Augustus
aimed at subjugating the entire Balkan peninsula, and used an incursion of the Bastarnae
Bastarnae
across the Danube
Danube
as a pretext to devastate the Getae
Getae
and Thracians. He put Marcus Licinius Crassus in charge of the plan. In 29 BC, Crassus defeated the Bastarnae
Bastarnae
with the help of the Getic prince Rholes.[49] Crassus promised him help for his support against the Getic ruler Dapyx.[50] After Crassus had reached as far the Danube
Danube
Delta, Rholes was appointed king and returned to Rome. In 16 BC, the Sarmatae
Sarmatae
invaded the Getic territory and were driven back by Roman troops.[51] The Getae
Getae
were placed under the control of the Roman vassal king in Thrace, Rhoemetalces I. In 6 AD, the province of Moesia
Moesia
was founded, incorporating the Getae south of the Danube
Danube
River. The Getae
Getae
north of the Danube
Danube
continued tribal autonomy outside the Roman Empire. Culture[edit] According to Herodotus, the Getae
Getae
were "the noblest as well as the most just of all the Thracian
Thracian
tribes".[52] When the Persians, led by Darius the Great, campaigned against the Scythians, the Thracian tribes in the Balkans
Balkans
surrendered to Darius on his way to Scythia, and only the Getae
Getae
offered resistance.[52] One episode from the history of the Getae
Getae
is attested by several ancient writers.[53][54] When Lysimachus
Lysimachus
tried to subdue the Getae
Getae
he was defeated by them. The Getae
Getae
king, Dromichaetes, took him prisoner but he treated him well and convinced Lysimachus
Lysimachus
there is more to gain as an ally than as an enemy of the Getae
Getae
and released him. According to Diodorus, Dromichaetes
Dromichaetes
entertained Lysimachus
Lysimachus
at his palace at Helis, where food was served on gold and silver plates. The discovery of the celebrated tomb at Sveshtari
Sveshtari
(1982) suggests that Helis was located perhaps in its vicinity,[55] where remains of a large antique city are found along with dozens of other Thracian
Thracian
mound tombs. As stated earlier, just like the Dacians, the principal god of the Getae
Getae
was Zalmoxis whom they sometimes called Gebeleizis.

This same people, when it lightens and thunders, aim their arrows at the sky, uttering threats against the god; and they do not believe that there is any god but their own. — Herodotus. Histories, 4.94.

Pliny the Elder
Pliny the Elder
in his Naturalis Historia
Naturalis Historia
mentions a tribe called the Tyragetae,[56] apparently a Daco- Thracian
Thracian
tribe who dwelt by the river Tyras (the Dniester). Their tribal name appears to be a combination of Tyras and Getae; see also the names Thyssagetae
Thyssagetae
and Massagetae. The Roman poet Ovid, during his long exile in Tomis, is asserted to have written poetry (now lost) in the Getic language. In his Epistulae ex Ponto, written from the northern coast of the Black Sea, he asserts that two major, distinct languages were spoken by the sundry tribes of Scythia, which he referred to as Getic, and Sarmatian. Physical appearance[edit] Jerome
Jerome
(Letter CVII to Laeta. II) described the Getae
Getae
as red and yellow-haired.[57] Getae
Getae
and Goths[edit] The Getae
Getae
are sometimes confused with the Goths
Goths
in works of early medieval authors.[58][59][60][61][62] This confusion is notably expanded on in works of Jordanes, himself of Gothic background, who transferred earlier historical narratives about the Getae
Getae
to the Goths.[63] At the close of the 4th century AD, Claudian, court poet to the emperor Honorius and the patrician Stilicho, uses the ethnonym Getae to refer to the Visigoths. During 5th and 6th centuries, several historians and ethnographers (Marcellinus Comes, Orosius, John Lydus, Isidore of Seville, Procopius of Caesarea) used the same ethnonym Getae
Getae
to name populations invading the Eastern Roman Empire
Eastern Roman Empire
(Goths, Gepids, Kutrigurs, Slavs). For instance, in the third book of the History of the Wars Procopius details: "There were many Gothic nations in earlier times, just as also at the present, but the greatest and most important of all are the Goths, Vandals, Visigoths, and Gepaedes. In ancient times, however, they were named Sauromatae and Melanchlaeni; and there were some too who called these nations Getic."[64] The Getae
Getae
were considered the same people as the Goths
Goths
by Jordanes
Jordanes
in his Getica written at the middle of the 6th century. He also claims that at one point the "Getae" migrated out of Scandza, while identifying their deity Zalmoxis as a Gothic king. Jordanes
Jordanes
assumed the earlier testimony of Orosius. The 9th-century work De Universo of Rabanus Maurus
Rabanus Maurus
states, "The Massagetae
Massagetae
are in origin from the tribe of the Scythians, and are called Massagetae, as if heavy, that is, strong Getae.[65] See also[edit]

Dacians Thracians Tomyris Massagetae Thyssagetae Gaut Jats Oium Geats Crimean Goths

Notes[edit]

^ Strabo
Strabo
& 20 AD, VII 3,13. ^ Strabo
Strabo
& 20 AD, VII 3,14. ^ The Cambridge Ancient History (Volume 3) (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press. 1982. ISBN 1108007147.  ^ Pliny the Elder
Pliny the Elder
& 77 AD, IV 25. ^ Appian
Appian
& 160 AD, Praef. 1.4. ^ Millar, Fergus; Cotton, Hannah M.; Rogers, Guy M. (2004). Rome, the Greek World, and the East, Volume 2: Government, Society, and Culture in the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
page 189. University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 978-0-8078-5520-1.  ^ Justin & 3rd century AD, XXXII 3. ^ Papazoglu, Fanula (1978). The Central Balkan Tribes in Pre-Roman Times: Triballi, Autariatae, Dardanians, Scordisci, & Moesians, translated by Mary Stansfield-Popovic page 335. John Benjamins North America. ISBN 978-90-256-0793-7.  ^ Shelley, William Scott (199). The Origins of the Europeans: Classical Observations in Culture and Personality, page 108, Cassius Dio (LXVII.4). Intl Scholars Pubns. ISBN 1-57309-220-7. ISBN 978-1-57309-220-3.  ^ Sidebottom 2007, p. 6. ^ Cassius Dio. Roman History, 55.22.6-55.22.7. "The Suebi, to be exact, dwell beyond the Rhine
Rhine
(though many people elsewhere claim their name), and the Dacians
Dacians
on both sides of the Ister; those of the latter, however, who live on this side of the river near the country of the Triballi
Triballi
are reckoned in with the district of Moesia
Moesia
and are called Moesians, except by those living in the immediate neighbourhood, while those on the other side are called Dacians
Dacians
and are either a branch of the Getae
Getae
are Thracians
Thracians
belonging to the Dacian race that once inhabited Rhodope." ^ Cassius Dio LI 27 ^ The Cambridge Ancient History (Volume 10) (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press. 1996.  J. J. Wilkes mentions "the Getae
Getae
of the Dobrudja, who were akin to the Dacians"; (p. 562) ^ András Mócsy (1974). Pannonia
Pannonia
and Upper Moesia. Routledge
Routledge
and Kegan Paul. ISBN 0-7100-7714-9.  See p. 364, n. 41: "If there is any justification for dividing the Thracian
Thracian
ethnic group, then, unlike V. Georgiev who suggests splitting it into the Thraco- Getae
Getae
and the Daco-Mysi, I consider a division into the Thraco-Mysi and the Daco- Getae
Getae
the more likely." ^ Duridanov, Ivan. "The Thracian, Dacian and Paeonian languages". Retrieved 2007-02-11.  ^ Giurescu, Constantin C. (1973). Formarea poporului român (in Romanian). Craiova. p. 23.  "They ( Dacians
Dacians
and Getae) are two names for the same people [...] divided in a large number of tribes". See also the hypothesis of a Daco-Moesian language / dialectal area supported by linguists like Vladimir Georgiev, Ivan Duridanov and Sorin Olteanu. ^ a b Price, Glanville (2000). Encyclopedia of the Languages of Europe. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 0-631-22039-9. ISBN 978-0-631-22039-8. , p. 120 ^ Minahan 2000, p. 549. ^ Avery 1962, p. 497. ^ Sandler Berkowitz & Morison 1984, p. 160. ^ Matyszak 2009, p. 215. ^ Fol 1996, p. 223. ^ Bunbury 1979, p. 151. ^ a b Waldman & Mason 2006, p. 335. ^ Petrescu-Dîmbovița, Mircea; Vulpe, Alexandru, eds. (2001). Istoria Românilor, vol. I (in Romanian). Bucharest. [page needed] ^ a b c Niculescu, Gheorghe Alexandru (2007). "Archaeology and Nationalism in The History of the Romanians". In Kohl, Philip; Kozelsky, Mara; Ben-Yehuda, Nachman. University of Chicago Press. pp. 139–141. ISBN 0-226-45059-7.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ The Cambridge Ancient History (Volume 3) (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press. 1982. ISBN 1-108-00714-7.  In chapter "20c Linguistic problems of the Balkan area", at page 838, Ronald Arthur Crossland argues "it may be the distinction made by Greeks and Romans between the Getae
Getae
and Daci, for example, reflected the importance of different sections of a linguistically homogenous people at different times". He furthermore recalls Strabo's testimony and Georgiev's hypothesis for a 'Thraco-Dacian' language. ^ Paul Lachlan MacKendrick (1975). The Dacian Stones Speak. University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 0-8078-4939-1.  "The natives with whom we shall be concerned in this chapter are the Getae
Getae
of Muntenia and Moldavia in the eastern steppes, and the Dacians
Dacians
of the Carpathian Mountains. Herodotus
Herodotus
calls them 'the bravest and the justest of the Thracians,' and they were in fact two branches of the same tribe, speaking two dialects of the same Indo-European language." (p. 45) ^ a b c Boia, Lucian (2004). Romania: Borderland of Europe. Reaktion Books. p. 43. ISBN 1-86189-103-2.  ^ a b c Boia, Lucian (2001). History and Myth in Romanian Consciousness. Central European University Press. p. 14. ISBN 963-9116-97-1.  ^ Janakieva, Svetlana (2002). "La notion de ΟΜΟΓΛΩΤΤΟΙ chez Strabon et la situation ethno-linguistique sur les territoires thraces". Études Balkaniques (in French) (4): 75–79.  The author concluded Strabo's claim sums an experience following of many centuries of neighbourhood and cultural interferences between the Greeks and the Thracian
Thracian
tribes ^ Niculescu, Gheorghe Alexandru (2004–2005). "Archaeology, Nationalism and "The History of the Romanians" (2001)". Dacia, Revue d'Archéologie et d'Histoire Ancienne (48–49): 99–124.  He dedicates a large part of his assessment to the archaeology of "Geto-Dacians" and he concludes that with few exceptions "the archaeological interpretations [...] are following G. Kossinna’s concepts of culture, archaeology and ethnicity". ^ W. W. Hunter, 2013, The Indian Empire: Its People, History and Products, Routledge, 2013, p. 251. ^ a b Alexander Cunningham, 1888, cited by: Sundeep S. Jhutti, 2003, The Getes, Philadelphia, PA; Department of East Asian languages & Civilizations University of Pennsylvania, p. 13. ^ a b Sundeep S. Jhutti, 2003, "The Getes", Sino-Platonic Papers, no. 127 (October), pp. 15–17. (Access: 18 March 2016). ^ Sulimirski, Tadeusz (1970). The Sarmatians: Volume 73 of Ancient peoples and places. New York: Praeger. pp. 113–114. The evidence of both the ancient authors and the archaeological remains point to a massive migration of Sacian (Sakas)/Massagetan ("great" Jat) tribes from the Syr Daria Delta (Central Asia) by the middle of the second century B.C. Some of the Syr Darian tribes; they also invaded North India.  ^ Rishi, Weer Rajendra (1982). India & Russia: linguistic & cultural affinity. Roma. p. 95.  ^ Chakraberty, Chandra (1948). The prehistory of India: tribal migrations. Vijayakrishna Bros. p. 35.  ^ Chakraberty, Chandra (1997). Racial basis of Indian culture: including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Aryan Books International. ISBN 8173051100.  ^ The Cambridge Ancient History, Volume 10 - Persia, Greece, and the Western Mediterranean Cambridge University Press, 1982. ISBN 978-0521228046 p 494 ^ Herodotus. Histories, 4.93–4.97. ^ Arrian. Anabasis, Book IA. "The Getae
Getae
did not sustain even the first charge of the cavalry; for Alexander’s audacity seemed incredible to them, in having thus easily crossed the Ister, the largest of rivers, in a single night, without throwing a bridge over the stream. Terrible to them also was the closely locked order of the phalanx, and violent the charge of the cavalry. At first they fled for refuge into their city, which was distant about a parasang from the Ister; but when they saw that Alexander was leading his phalanx carefully along the side of the river, to prevent his infantry being anywhere surrounded by the Getae
Getae
lying in ambush, but that he was sending his cavalry straight on, they again abandoned the city, because it was badly fortified." ^ Strabo. Geography, 7.6.1. "On this coast-line is Cape Tirizis, a stronghold, which Lysimachus
Lysimachus
once used as a treasury." ^ Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum 18.288 ^ Strabo. Geography, 16.2.38–16.2.39. ^ Cassius Dio. Roman History, 68.9. ^ Livy. Ab urbe condita, 103. ^ Cassius Dio. Roman History, 38.10.1–38.10.3. ^ Cassius Dio. Roman History, 52.24.7; 26.1. ^ Cassius Dio. Roman History, 51.26. ^ Cassius Dio. Roman History, 54.20.1–54.20.3. ^ a b Herodotus. Histories, 4.93. ^ Strabo. Geography, 3.8. ^ Pausanias. Description of Greece, 1.9.5. ^ Delev, P. (2000). "Lysimachus, the Getae, and Archaeology (2000)". The Classical Quarterly, New Series. 50 (Vol. 50, No. 2): 384–401. doi:10.1093/cq/50.2.384.  ^ Pliny the Elder. Naturalis Historia, 4.26. "Leaving Taphræ, and going along the mainland, we find in the interior the Auchetæ, in whose country the Hypanis has its rise, as also the Neurœ, in whose district the Borysthenes has its source, the Geloni, the Thyssagetæ, the Budini, the Basilidæ, and the Agathyrsi with their azure-coloured hair." ^ The Letters of St. Jerome ^ Theodor Mommsen
Theodor Mommsen
(2005). A History of Rome Under the Emperors. New York: Routledge. p. 281. "The Getae
Getae
were Thracians, the Goths
Goths
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are in origin from the tribe of the Scythians, and are called Massagetae, as if heavy, that is, strong Getae. 

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Appian
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(c. 160 AD). Historia Romana [Roman History] (in Ancient Greek).  Check date values in: date= (help) Justin (c. 3rd century AD). Trogi pompei historiarum philippicarvm epitoma [Epitome of the Philippic History of Pompeius Trogus] (in Latin).  Check date values in: date= (help) Pliny the Elder
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(77-79 AD). Naturalis Historia
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[Natural History] (in Latin).  Check date values in: date= (help) Strabo
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(c. 20 AD). Geographica
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