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Γέτας. The Getae, who ‘believe in immortality’, living between the Balkans and the Danube, occur here for the first time in history. They are not to be confused with the Goths (as Rawlinson and Hodgkin, Invaders of Italy, i. 62). They were later driven north across the Danube into what was afterwards Dacia. Cf. v. 4 n. for their belief in immortality. Salmydessus was notorious for its organized wrecking; cf. Xen. Anab. vii. 5. 12-13. H. describes the position of Thracian tribes by their relation to Greek colonies. Mesambria (vi. 33. 2) received additional settlers after the Ionic revolt. δικαιότατοι. Cf. 2. 1 n. for this ideal picture. Pomponius Mela (i. 18) calls them ad mortem paratissimi, and connects this courage with their belief in immortality.
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