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ZILIA

ZILIA (Mel. 3.10; Ζιλία, Ζιλεῖαι, and Ζειλία, Ptol. 4.1.13, 8.13.4; Ζῆλις and Ζέλης, Strab. xvii. p.827, iii. p. 140), a town of some importance on the W. coast of Mauretania Tingitana, at the mouth of the like-named river, and on the road from Lix to Tingis, from which latter place it was 24 miles distant (Itin. Ant. p. 8, where, and in Plin. Nat. 5.1. s. 1, it is called Zilis). It was founded by the Carthaginians, and made a colony by the Romans, with the surname of Julia Constantia. (Plin. l.c.) According to Strabo (iii. p.140), the Romans transplanted the inhabitants, as well as some of the citizens of Tingis, to Julia Joza in Spain. The place is still called Azzila, Azila, Ar-Zila.

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