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Thunatae (Ancient Greek: Θουνάται) was a Romanized Thraco-Illyrian[1] tribe of Dardania alongside the Galabri.[2] The Thracian Maedi tribe borders the Thunatae eastwards.[3]

In AD 6, the Dardani were conquered by Rome and became part of the province of Moesia Superior (corresponding to present-day Kosovo, northern fringes of Macedonia and northern Bulgaria). According to Strabo, the Dardani were not part of Illyria,[4] and they were divided into two sub-groups, the Galabri and the Thunaki.[5]


  1. ^ Wilkes, J. J. The Illyrians, 1992, ISBN 0-631-19807-5, Page 85, "Whether the Dardanians were an Illyrian or a Thracian people has been much debated and one view suggests that the area was originally populated with [...] Thracians..."
  2. ^ "To the Dardaniatae belong also the Galabrii, among whom is an ancient city, and the Thunatae"
  3. ^ James Cowles Prichard, Researches into the physical history of mankind, Vol 3, 1841
  4. ^ The central Balkan tribes in pre-Roman times: Triballi, Autariatae... by Fanula Papazoglu, 1978, page 217
  5. ^ Strabo: Books 1‑7, 15‑17 in English translation, ed. H. L. Jones (1924), at LacusCurtius