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The Mandubii (singular masculine: Mandubius, singular feminine: Mandubia) were a small Gallic tribe, dwelling near their capital Alesia, within the Haux-Aixois region (in modern Côte-d'Or) during the late La Tène period.[1]


An oppidum Mandubiorum is mentioned by Caesar (mid-1st c. BC),[2] and the tribe is designated as Mandoubíōn (Μανδουβίων) by Strabo (early 1st c. AD).[3][4]

The name Mandubii stems from Gaulish mandus ('poney').[5]


The territory of the Mandubii was located in the Haux-Aixois region, between the settlements of Alesia in the north, Blessey in the east, Braux in the west, and Sombernon in the southeast.[6] During the reign of the Roman emperor Augustus, their small territory was incorporated into the Lingonian territory.[1] In the unstable period following the death of Nero in 68 AD, the Mandubii were excluded from the Lingonian territory and attached to the Aedui.[6]


Mandubian ceramics are attested in Villaines-les-Prévôtes by the 2nd century BC. While under the influence of the neighbouring and more powerful Aedui and Lingones, the Mandubii benefited from a relative autonomy (at least economic and cultural) before the Roman conquest.[7]



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