, Ptol. 4.1
§ 5), a group of mountains in the northernmost part of Mauritania Tingitana, connected by a tongue of land with the promontory of Abyla (now Ximiera
), and thus on the narrowest part of the Fretum Gaditanum (Plin. Nat. 5.1. s. 1
; Solin. 100.28
; Strab. xvii. p.827
.) One of these mountains, now called the Ape Mountains
(Graberg Von Hemsö, Empire of Morocco,
Germ. Tr. p. 24), bore, according to Strabo (l.c.
) the name of the Elephant (Ἐλέφας
), probably from the number of elephants which were to be found there. (Plin. l.c.;
Mart. Cap. vi. p. 216.) The Geogr. Rav. (3.11) also mentions in this neighbourhood a town called Septem Fratres, which is perhaps the same place mentioned in the Itin. Ant. (p. 9) as a station between Tingis and Abyle. Procopius also (B. Vand.
1.1; comp. 2.5, and de Aed.
6.7) mentions here a castle or fortress called Σέπτον;
and Isidore (Orig.
15.1) a castle and town called Septa, perhaps the modern Ceuta.
(Comp. Mela, 1.5.5, et ibi Tzschucke.)