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A map of Gaul in the 1st century BC, showing the relative positions of the Celtic tribes.
Gold coins of the Parisii, 1st century BC, (Cabinet des Médailles, Paris)
Coin of the Parisii: obverse with horse, 1st century BC (Cabinet des Médailles, Paris)
Coins of the Parisii (Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Parisii (or Quarisii)[1] were a Celtic Iron Age people that lived on the banks of the river Seine (in Latin, Sequana) in Gaul from the middle of the third century BC until the Roman era. With the Suessiones, the Parisii participated in the general rising of Vercingetorix against Julius Caesar in 52 BC.

Their chief city (oppidum) was on the site of Lutetia, which later became an important city in the Roman province of Gallia Lugdunensis and ultimately the modern city of Paris. (The name Paris is derived from Parisii).

Barry Cunliffe in Iron Age Communities in Britain (1974) p. 45, distinguishes the Parisii as those in the Nanterre-Paris region, and the Parisi as those who moved to Britain, based on Ptolemy's descriptions.


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