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SALA

SALA (Σάλα, Ptol. 4.1.2; Plin. Nat. 5.1), a town of Mauretania, on the W. coast of Africa, situated near a river of the same name, “noticed by the Romans as the extreme object of their power and almost of their geography.” (Gibbon, c. i.) In the Antonine Itinerary the name occurs as Salaconia, which has been supposed to be a corruption of Sala Colonia; but from the Vienna MS. it appears that the word “conia” has been inserted by a later hand. (Itin. Anton. ed. Parthey, p. 3.) The modern Slá or Sallée, near the mouth of the river Bu-Regrâb, retains the name, though the site of the ancient town must be sought at Rabat, on the S. side of the river, where there are Roman remains. (Barth, Wanderungen, pp. 32, 37, 50.)

[E.B.J]

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    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 5.1
    • Claudius Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos, 4.1
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