a range of hills in western Germany, beginning near the river Nicer (Neckar
), and running northward till they reach the point where the Moenus (Main
) joins the Rhenus. (Pomp. Mela, 3.3; Tac. Ann. 1.56
This range of hills still bears its ancient name, though it is sometimes simply called the Höhe,
that is, the Height, Taunus being probably the Celtic word Dun or Daun, which signifies a height.
In various plies along this range of hills Roman inscriptions have been found, in which Cives Taunenses are mentioned, from which it may be inferred that there once existed a town of the name of Taunus. (Orelli, Inscript.
nos. 181, 4981, 4982; Wilhelm, Germanien,