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a nomadic Iranian people who flourished in the 2nd–4th centuries a.d. and are ancestors of the present-day Ossets.
Historical Examples

And yet the number of the Vandals and Alani was said in former times, at least, to amount to no more than fifty thousand men.
History of the Wars, Books III and IV (of 8) Procopius

His father was a Goth, and his mother of the nation of the Alani.
The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Edward Gibbon

This army was composed of Persarmenians and Sunitae, whose land adjoins that of the Alani.
History of the Wars, Books I and II (of 8) Procopius

His father was a Goth, his mother of the nation of the Alani.
Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15) Charles Morris

The Alani were in search of plunder, and strongly disposed to obtain it from Roman provinces.
The Caesars Thomas de Quincey

And so at other times in actis and Verba m’ri Alani de Auriga.
The Boke of Noblesse Unknown

The women among the Alani gathered straight rods or wands, and used them in their superstition.
The Mysteries of All Nations James Grant

A naked sabre, fixed hilt downwards in the earth, was worshipped by the Alani.
The Folk-Tales of the Magyars Various

It is not certain that the third nation coming to Spain, the Alani, were of the same race.
Vine and Olive; Or Young America in Spain and Portugal Oliver Optic

Probably they were relics left there by the Alani in their wanderings through Gaul.
The Master of Game Second Duke of York, Edward


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