a Ligurian tribe, known to us only from a passage in Livy (41.19
), from which we learn that they dwelt beyond (i. e. to the N. of) the Apennines.
But the exact sense in which he uses this expression is uncertain: and there seems some reason to believe that the upper valley of the Vara
(a confluent of the Magra
) was the abode of the Briniates.
The name of Brugnato,
a small town in this district, seems to preserve some trace of the ancient appellation. (Walckenaer, Géogr. des Gaules,
vol. i. p. 158.)