Celts in Egypt?

Shtajerc

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Jul 2014
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Lower Styria, Slovenia
The other day I came across a vague refference about Celtic mercenaries in Ptolemayan Egypt in the 3rd century BC. Who were this Celts and where were they from? Are there any descriptions of their looks and about what their role was?
 

Maki

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Jan 2017
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Republika Srpska
I think they were from Galatia in what is now Turkey. The Celts had a sizable presence there. I know that Celtic mercenaries revolted against Ptolemy II and were crushed.
 

pugsville

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Oct 2010
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The other day I came across a vague refference about Celtic mercenaries in Ptolemayan Egypt in the 3rd century BC. Who were this Celts and where were they from? Are there any descriptions of their looks and about what their role was?
Galatians. both impetuous medium cavalry or impetuous heavy infantry

(darn beaten while I slowly corrected 6 spelling errors)
 

M9Powell

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Oct 2014
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appalacian Mtns
Think i read somewhere years ago about how they had settlements in the Nile delta along with Mileasians & were pirates.
 

Scaeva

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Oct 2012
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"And Ptolemy, intending to follow him, was prevented by the following reason. Among some of his defensive operations against Magas, he had invited in some foreign mercenaries, and among others some 4,000 Galati; but finding that they were plotting to make themselves masters of Egypt, he sent them down to the Nile to a desert island. And here they perished, partly by one another's sword, partly by famine."

https://books.google.com/books?id=pHdfAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA13&lpg=PA13&dq="pausanias"+"4,000"+"ptolemy"&source=bl&ots=xEHKQxdk5p&sig=ACfU3U2rj3MpYXFUyd8IN9dsOrC4tOJsOA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjz-q2duoTkAhUBq1kKHc9HDMQQ6AEwCXoECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false