, Ptol. 2.6.62
), a considerable town of the Edetani in Hispania Tarraconensis, situated on the river Turium, at a distance of 3 miles from its mouth, and on the road from Carthago Nova to Castulo. (Plin. Nat. 3.3. s. 4
; Vib. Seq. p. 18; Itin. Ant.
p. 400.) Ptolemy (l.c.
) erroneously attributes it to the Contestani.
It became at a later period a Roman colony (Plin. l.c.
), in which apparently the consul Junius Brutus settled the soldiers of Viriathus. (Liv. Epit.
lv.) Pompey destroyed it. (Epist. Pomp. ap. Sallust,
ed. Corte, p. 965; cf. Plut. Pomp. 18
It must, however, have been restored soon afterwards, since Mela mentions it as being still an important place (2.6), and coins of it of a late period are preserved. (Cf. Florez, Med.
ii. p. 610, iii. p. 125; Mionnet, i. p. 55, Suppl.
i. p. 110; Sestini, p. 209; Eckhel, i p. 60.)
The town still bears the same name, but has few antiquities to show.
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