, Ptol. 4.3.7
), a Roman “colonia” (Maxulla, Plin. Nat. 5.3
), about the exact distance of which from Carthage there is a considerable discrepancy in the Itineraries (Anton. Itin.; Peut. Tab.
). From an expression of Victor Vitensis (de Persecut. Vandal.
1.5.6), who calls it “Ligula,” “a tongue of land,” its position was probably on the coast, between R‘âdes
where there are the remains of a Roman road.
The Coast-describer (Stadiasm.
) speaks of the harbour and town of Maxyla as 20 stadia from CRAPIS, or the modern Garbos:
this was probably different from the former, and is the modern Mrîsa,
where there are the remains of a town and harbour. (Shaw, Trav.
p. 157; Barth, Wanderungen,
As connected with the gentile epithet Maxyes or Mazyes, it is likely that there were several places of this name. Ptolemy (4.3.34
) has MAXULA VETUS (Μάξουλα Πάλαια
), and the Antonine Itinerary a station which it describes as MAXULA PRATES, 20 M. P. from Carthage.
It is found in the Notitia, and was famous in the annals of Martyrology (Augustin, Serm.
c. lxxxiii; Morcelli, Africa Christiana,
vol. i. p. 220.)