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HE´RIUS

HE´RIUS (Ἥριος). Ptolemy (2.8.1) places the Herius on the coast of Gallia Lugdunensis, between [p. 1.1057]the Brivates Portus and the Vindana or Vidana Portus. Ptolemy's latitude of the mouth of the Herius (49 1/4°) makes it nearly as far north as the outlet of the Seine. D'Anville [DURETIE] supposes the Herius to be the Vilaine, the first large river north of the Loire. He adds (Notice, &c., Herius Fluv.) that the passage of the Vilaine between Roche-Bernard and the mouth of the river is now called Treig-hier, and that we may readily believe Treig-hier to be a corruption of Trajectum Herii. This may be so; or Treig-hier may be the old Celtic name. Some geographers assume the Herius to be the small river Auray north of the Vilaine; but this is only a guess like the other. [G.L]>

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