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We have decided to publish, for its liveliness and interest, an incomplete reviewarticle on the tribal name of the Avars written by Owen Lattimore. He was working on this article on and off in Cambridge during the early 1980s after his retirement from the University of Leeds. In 1986 ill-health drove Owen Lattimore to move back to the U.S.A. where he could be closer to his son David and family. Readers will see that the ‘review-article’ is an unconventional piece that ranges far beyond the history of the Avars as narrowly understood. Numbers in the text indicate that Lattimore had the intention of writing footnotes, but he commented in a letter to Caroline Humphrey that ‘the sources for these are now all mixed up in the turmoil of my books’ caused by his move to America.


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