or Rusuccuru (Dellys) Algeria.
The names of certain localities on the coast between
Icosium (Algiers) and Saldae (Bedjai)—Cissi, Rusucurru, Iomnium, Rusippisir, Ruzasus—are known from ancient itineraries and geographers. On the other hand, an
inscription preserved in situ on the lintel of a temple
at Tigzirt stated that the building was dedicated to the
tutelary deity of the municipium of Rusuccuru. Accordingly, it was proposed that this center was situated at
Tigzirt itself or at the site of Taksebt nearby. However,
a milestone was found which indicated a distance of
4.8 km to Rusuccuru; the find was made 4.5 km W of
Dellys. This suggested that the ancient site should be
placed, not at Tigzirt but rather farther W, under the
modern town of Dellys. The argument has not seemed
convincing to everyone and a controversy has sprung
up. This controversy seems to me to have been settled
in favor of the Dellys-Rusucurru identification because
of a dedication found recently on Cape Djinet, which
mentions the inhabitants of Cissi. This still unpublished text dates to the time of Alexander Severus. It puts
on firm ground the location of Cissi at Cape Djinet.
Therefore, Rusucurru must be at Dellys, Iomnium at
Tigzirt, and Rusippisir at Taksebt. As far as Ruzasus is
concerned, it can still be identified with Azeffoun, some
distance above the shore, SE of Port-Gueydon.
At Dellys practically nothing remains of the ancient
town. It has been covered by the settlement which has
expanded since the beginning of the French colonization.
E. Frézouls and A. Hus, MélRome
(1954) 147-63; M. Euzennat, ibid., 65 (1955) 127-48
and 69 (1957) 75-80.