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CAERESI

Eth. CAERESI or CAERAESI (Cerosi, Oros. 6.7, Haverkamp's note), a people mentioned by Caesar (Caes. Gal. 2.4) with the Condrusi, Eburones, and Paenani, and he calls them Germans. The position of the Caeresi can only be conjectured. There is a river Chiers, which rises in Luxembourg, and flows into the Maas between Mouzon and Sedan; and it is conjectured by D'Anville that this river may indicate the position of the Caeresi. The Condrusi were in Condroz, in the territory of Liège. Walckenaer places the Caeresi in the Carolgau, the Pays de Caros of the middle ages, between Bullange, Kerpen, and Pruyen. Kerpen is on the Erfft, which joins the Rhine on the left bank, below Cologne, near Neuss. He adds, “they are thus situated near the Condrusi and the Eburones, as the text of Caesar requires;” an argument that is not worth much, for Caesar is not very particular about his order of enumeration in such a case as this. The exact site of these people must remain doubtful.

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