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LARES

LARES (Sal. Jug. 90, where Laris is the acc. pl.: Λάρης, Ptol. 4.3.28: the abl, form LARIBUS is given, not only, as is so usual, in the Itin. Ant. p. 26, and the Tab. Peut., but also by Augustine, adv. Donat. 6.20 ; and that this ablative was used for the nominative, as is common in the Romance languages, is shown by the Greek form Λάριβος, Procop. B. 5.2.23, whence came at once the modern name, Larbuss or Lorbus). An important city of Numidia, mentioned in the Jugurthine War as the place chosen by Marius for his stores and military chest. (Sall. Jug. l.c.) Under the Romans it became a colony, and belonged to the province of Africa and the district of Byzacena. Ptolemy places it much too far west. It lay to the E. of the Bagradas, on the road from Carthage to Theveste, 63 M. P. from the latter. In the later period of the Empire it had decayed. (Pellissier, Exploration Scientifique de l'Algérie, vol. vi. p. 375.)

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