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Hercuniates were a Celtic tribe that migrated to Pannonia in Illyria.[1] By the middle of the first century BC, the Hercuniates were a minor tribe that was located along a narrow band of Celtic settlement close to the Danube, on the western side of the river a little way west of modern Budapest. Their name comes from an ancient proto-Indo-European word for an oak. The tribe is referred to by Pliny and Ptolemy as a civitas peregrina, a wandering tribe that had travelled to Pannonia from foreign parts. Little else is known of them save that they were issuing their own coins by the second century BC.[2] By AD 40 the tribe was eventually subdued by Rome.

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  1. ^ John T. Koch, Celtic culture: a historical encyclopedia, ISBN 1851094407, 2006, p. 907.
  2. ^ http://www.historyfiles.co.uk/KingListsEurope/BarbarianHercuniates.htm