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HELCE´BUS

HELCE´BUS (Ἔλκηβος, or Ἕλκηβος). Ptolemy (2.9.18) mentions Elcebus as one of the two towns of the Tribocci on the Rhine: the other is Brocomagus [BROCOMAGUS], which he places north of Elcebus. The Antonine Itinerary has Helvetum, on the road from Augusta Rauracorum (Augst) to Moguntiacum (Mainz); and it places Helvetum between Angst and Argentoratum (Strassburg), and 18 M.P. short of Strassburg. The Table places Helellum 18 M. P. from Strassburg, and Brocomagus north of Argentoratum, which is consistent with Ptolemy's position of Elcebus and Brocomagus; but Ptolemy has incorrectly placed Argentoratum in the country of the Vangiones instead of the Tribocci. Helcebus, Helvetum, Helellum, seem to be Ell, a small place on the right bank of the river Ill, opposite to Bennfeld. It is said that Roman remains have been found there.

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