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HE´LICE

HE´LICE an E´tang or sea lake, mentioned by Avienus (Or. Marit. 5.588) at the outlet of the Attagus, which is the Atax (Aude), the river of Narbonne. D'Anville assumes the Helice to be the E´tang de Vendres. The name Helice suggested to Walckenaer that this may show where the Helisyci of Herodotus (7.165) came from, who are mentioned with Ligyes, and Sardonii and Cyrnii. Hecataeus, also (Steph. B. sub voce Ἐλίσυκοι), mentions the Elisyci or Helisyci (for the aspirate may be doubtful) as a Ligurian tribe. As there is no place for these Helisyci within the limits of Italy, we may with some probability fix them on the Gallic shore of the Mediterranean. Niebuhr's notion that they were Volsci is very absurd.

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