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The Aeolians (/iːˈoʊliənz/; Greek: Αἰολεῖς) were one of the four major tribes in which Greeks
Greeks
divided themselves in the ancient period (along with the Achaeans, Dorians
Dorians
and Ionians).

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1 Name 2 History 3 Early record 4 See also 5 References 6 Bibliography

Name[edit] Their name mythologically derives from Aeolus, the mythical ancestor of the Aeolic branch and son of Hellen, the mythical patriarch of the Greek nation. It actually comes from Greek aiolos (quickly moving)[1]. The dialect of ancient Greek they spoke is referred to as Aeolic. History[edit] Originating in Thessaly, a part of which was called Aeolis, the Aeolians often appear as the most numerous amongst the other Hellenic tribes of early times. The Boeotians, a subgroup of the Aeolians, were driven from Thessaly
Thessaly
by the Thessalians and moved their location to Boeotia. Aeolian peoples were spread in many other parts of Greece such as Aetolia, Locris, Corinth, Elis
Elis
and Messenia. During the Dorian invasion, Aeolians from Thessaly
Thessaly
fled across the Aegean Sea
Aegean Sea
to the island of Lesbos and the region of Aeolis, called as such after them, in Asia Minor. Early record[edit] According to Herodotus
Herodotus
the Aeolians were previously called Pelasgians.[2] See also[edit]

Aeolian (other) Aeolic Greek Aeolis

References[edit]

^ https://www.etymonline.com/word/Aeolian ^ Herodotus, The Histories, 7.95, on Perseus: "The Aeolians furnished sixty ships and were equipped like Greeks; formerly they were called Pelasgian, as the Greek story goes."

Bibliography[edit]

Smith, William (1854). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. Little, Brown and Co. pp. 50–51. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 

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