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ORO´BII

Eth. ORO´BII a tribe of Cisalpine Gauls, mentioned only by Pliny (3.17. s. 21), upon the authority of Cato, who said that Bergomum and Comum had been founded by them, as well as Forum Licinii, by which he must mean the Gaulish town that preceded the Roman settlement of that name. Their original abode, according to Cato, was at a place called Barra, situated high up in the mountains; but he professed himself unable to point out their origin and descent. The statement that they were a Greek people, advanced by Cornelius Alexander (ap. Plin. l.c.), is evidently a mere inference from the name, which was probably corrupted or distorted with that very view.

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