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(called by the Greek writers Aspis). A town of Africa Propria, twenty-two miles east of Carthage. It was built upon a promontory which was shaped like a shield. Agathocles (q.v.) seized upon this place when he landed in Africa, fortified it, and gave it, from the shape of the promontory, the name of Aspis (“a shield” in Greek, same as clupeus in Latin).

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