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The Baltic Sea

The Balts or Baltic peoples have lived around the eastern coast of Mare Suebicum, or Baltic Sea (Tacitus, AD 98) since ancient times.

The Baltic peoples consisted of several tribes. Some of these, such as the Old Prussians, no longer exist independently. Lithuania and Latvia are modern nations formed by Baltic peoples.

The languages of the Balts are called Baltic languages and are members of the Indo-European language family. Those languages are Lithuanian, Latvian and extinct Old Prussian and Curonian.

Baltic peoples and tribes

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  • Pages and Forums on the Lithuanian History (http://www.istorija.net/)

Balts (Balten) is also the name by Baltic Germans generally call themselves.

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