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Eth. TARUSATES are mentioned by Caesar (Caes. Gal. 3.27) among the Aquitanian peoples who submitted to P. Crassus: “Vocates, Tarusates, Elusates.” After Crassus had defeated the Sotiates [SOTIATES] he entered the territory of the Vocates, and Tarusates, a statement which gives some indication of their position. Pliny (4.19) places the Tarusates between the Succasses and Basabocates; but the MSS. reading in Pliny seems to be Latusates, which probably should be Tarusates, There appears to be no variation in the name in the MSS. of Caesar. D'Anville conjectures that the name Tarusates is preserved in Tursan, or Teursan, a part of the diocese of Aire. The town of Aire is on the Aturis (Adour).


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