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SE´CIA (Secchia), a river of Gallia Cispadana, one of the southern tributaries of the Padus, which crosses the Via Aemilia a few miles W. of Modena. It is evidently the same stream which is called by Pliny the Gabellus; but the name of Secia, corresponding to its modern appellation of Secchia, is found in the Jerusalem Itinerary, which marks a station called Pons Secies, at a distance of 5 miles from Mutina. (Itin. Hier. p. 606.) The same bridge is called in an inscription which records its restoration by Valerian, in A.D. 259, Pons Seculae. (Murat. Inscr. p. 460. 5; Orell. Inscr. 1002.) The Secchia is a considerable stream, having the character, like most of its neighbours, of a mountain torrent.


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