: Αβασγοί, Abasgoi; compare Abkhaz Абазаа
"the Abaza people
") were one of the ancient tribes inhabiting western Abkhazia
, who originally inhabited lands north of Apsilae
, corresponding to today's Ochamchira District
. In the 6th and 7th centuries they migrated northwards and occupied territory between Gumista
rivers, while another tribe, the Sanigs
, lived to the north of them.
The Abasgoi are considered the ancestors of modern Abkhazians, and the Georgian ethnonym (Georgian: აფხაზი apxazi) "Abkhaz" is derived from the name. They are mentioned by Pliny the Elder, Strabo and Arrian; the 6th-century Byzantine historian Procopius wrote that they were warlike, worshiped tree deities and provided eunuchs to Justinian's court.
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