The Galabri (Ancient Greek: Γαλάβριοι) were a Dardanian tribe, along with the Thunatae, mentioned by Strabo.[1]


The tribe is mentioned by Ancient Greek author Strabo in his Geographica as Γαλάβριοι Galabrioi. The tribal name Galabri/Galabrioi has been connected to the Messapic name Calabri/Calabrioi in Apulia (south-eastern Italy). It has been further connected to the Albanian toponym Gallapi in present-day north-eastern Kosovo.[2]


According to Strabo an old city was located in the region of the Dardanian tribe of the Galabri.[3][4] It has been tentatively suggested that it should be sought at Kale in Skopje.[4]

Strabo's account indicates higher social development and acculturation in the area; also the informations provided by other classical sources concerning the Dardanians suggest that their society was at an advanced phase of development.[4]

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  1. ^ Šašel Kos 2010, p. 625; Baliu 2012, p. 68.
  2. ^ Baliu 2012, p. 68.
  3. ^ Shukriu 1996, p. 108.
  4. ^ a b c Šašel Kos 2010, p. 625.


  • Baliu, Begzad (2012). Onomastikë dhe identitet [Onomastics and Identity] (PDF) (in Albanian). Era. ISBN 978-9951-04-071-6.
  • Šašel Kos, Marjeta (2010). "Peoples on the northern fringes of the Greek world: Illyria as seen by Strabo". In Jean-Luc Lamboley, Maria Paola Castiglioni (ed.). L'Illyrie méridionale et l'Épire dans l'Antiquité V: Actes du Ve colloque international de Grenoble (8–11 octobre 2008). L'Illyrie méridionale et l'Épire dans l'Antiquité (V). Vol. 2. De Boccard Editions. pp. 617–629. ISBN 9782951943339.
  • Shukriu, Edi (1996). Dardania paraurbane: studime arkeologjike të Kosovës [Pre-urban Dardania: Archaeological Studies of Kosova]. Biblioteka "Fryma" (in Albanian). Vol. 13. Pejë: Dukagjini.