The Bavares (also Babares or Baveres) were a Berber tribe living in the Roman province of Mauretania Caesariensis between the 3rd and 5th centuries AD. They are known only from inscriptions. They are sometimes portrayed as nomads and other times as sedentary mountaineers.[1] Gabriel Camps argues that the name "Berbers" (Latin barbari) does not derive from "barbarian", as usually thought, but from the name of the Bavares.[2]


  1. Gabriel Camps, "Bavares", Encyclopédie berbère, document B48 (online 1 March 2013, retrieved 1 October 2019).
  2. Gabriel Camps, Berbères: aux marges de l'histoire (Éditions des Hespérides, 1980), 86–87.
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