Galatia in Easton's Bible Dictionary
has been called the "Gallia" of the East, Roman writers
its inhabitants Galli. They were an intermixture of
Greeks, and hence were called Gallo-Graeci, and the
Gallo-Graecia. The Galatians were in their origin a
part of that
great Celtic migration which invaded Macedonia about
They were invited by the king of Bithynia to cross
Asia Minor to assist him in his wars. There they
settled, and being strengthened by fresh accessions
of the same
clan from Europe, they overran Bithynia, and
themselves by plundering neighbouring countries.
They were great
warriors, and hired themselves out as mercenary
sometimes fighting on both sides in the great
battles of the
times. They were at length brought under the power
of Rome in
B.C. 189, and Galatia became a Roman province B.C.
This province of Galatia, within the limits of which
Celtic tribes were confined, was the central region
During his second missionary journey Paul,
Silas and Timothy (Acts 16:6), visited the "region
where he was detained by sickness (Gal. 4:13), and
had thus the
longer opportunity of preaching to them the gospel.
On his third
journey he went over "all the country of Galatia and
order" (Acts 18:23). Crescens was sent thither by
the close of his life (2 Tim. 4:10).
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