were a Gallic
tribe which lived along the Seine
in what is now Champagne
. They gave their name to Troyes
, which bore the name Augustobona
during the Roman period and served as the capital of the Tricasses. Administratively they were attached to Gallia Lugdunensis
. Their neighbours were the Suessiones
to the north, the Leuci
to the south, and the Senones
to the west. This people was not known to Julius Caesar
who included the Tricasses with the Senones but it seems that his adopted son and successor Augustus
did know them. He differentiated the Senones of the Tricasses and was the one who more or less founded the city of Troyes giving it the Latin name of Augustobona which means "city of Augustus".
The name Tricasses comes from the element cass- found in other names of tribes and individuals, e.g. Veliocasses, Cassivellaunus, It may signify "bronze, tin or brass", or alternatively "fine or pleasant": these two meaning arise from different interpretations of the name of the Cassiterides. The prefix tri- is found in Trigaranus with the meaning of "three".
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