The final castastrophe was the invasion of the Gauls about 270 to 250; and, though the circumstances of this invasion are almost unknown, yet we may safely reckon among them the complete devastation of northern Phrygia.
That the Romans had borrowed some things in the art of hunting from the Gauls may be inferred from the name canis gallicus (Spanish galgo) for a greyhound, which is to be met with both in Ovid and Martial; also in the words (canis) vertragus and segusius, both of Celtic origin.'
The name of the place is unknown: it was partially inhabited later by the Gauls, but was not occupied by the Romans.
When on the third day the Gauls took possession, they found the city occupied only by those aged patricians who had held high office in the state.
For a while the Gauls withheld their hands out of awe and reverence, but the ruder passions soon prevailed.