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(Sall. J. 29, &c.) or VAGA (Sil. It. 3.259; Οὐάγα, Ptol. 4.3.28; Βάγα, Procop. de Aed. 6.5), an important town and place of considerable commerce in the interior of Numidia, lying a long day's journey SW. of Utica. Pliny (5.4) calls it Vagense Oppidum. It was destroyed by Metellus (Sail. J. 69); but afterwards restored and inhabited by the Romans. Justinian surrounded it with a wall, and named it Theodoria, in honour of his consort. (Procop. l.c.; cf. Strab. xvii. p.831; Sall. J. 47, 68; Plut. Mar. 8. p. 409.) Now Bayjah (Begia, Beggia, Bedsja) in Tunis, on the borders of Algiers. (Cf. Shaw, Travels, i. p. 183.) Vaga is mentioned by the Geogr. Nub. (Clim. 3.1. p. 88) under the name of Bagia, and by Leo Afric. (p. 406, Lorsbach) under that of Beggia, as a place of considerable commerce.


A town in Byzacium in Africa Proper, lying to the S. of Ruspinum (Hirt. B. Afr. 74). This is probably the “aliud Vagense oppidum” of Pliny (l.c.). [T.H.D]

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    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 5.4
    • Plutarch, Caius Marius, 8
    • Claudius Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos, 4.3
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