The Roman name for the Corybantes, the emasculated priests of the goddess Cybele or Magna Mater. Their processions were accompanied by wild dances and music (galliambi) and they celebrated self-mutilation. The high priest was called Archigallus.

They were said by some to have derived their name from the Gallus, a small river in Bithynia, because its water made those who drank of it mad.1



  1. Ovid. Fasti iv, 364.


  • Aken, Dr. A.R.A. van. (1961). Elseviers Mythologische Encyclopedie. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Pliny the Elder. The Natural History v, 42.
  • Plutarch. Adversus Colotem, 33.
  • Strabo. Geography xiii, 4.