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VALE´NTIA

VALE´NTIA (Οὐαλεντία), in Gallia Narbonensis, a colonia in the territory of the Cavari, as Pliny says (3.4); but D'Anville proposes to alter the meaning of this passage of Pliny by placing a full stop between “Cavarum” and “Valentia.” However, Valentia (Valence) was not in the country of the Cavari, but in the territory of the Segallauni, as Ptolemy (2.10.12) says, who calls it “colonia.” Valence is a town on the east bank of the Rhone, a few miles below the junction of the Isère. In the middle ages it was the capital of the Valentinois, and in the fifteenth century it became the seat of a university.

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