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AEGYSSUS (Tulcea) Dobrudja, Romania.

About 64 km E-SE of Galaţi, a Getaean settlement, conquered by the Romans. The name may be Celtic. Ovid mentions it as an old fortress, founded by a certain Caspios Aegisos, on the right side of the Danube, on a high, almost inaccessible hill. No archaeological excavations have been undertaken. The identification with modern Tulcea has been confirmed by an inscription mentioning a “vexillatio (a)egisse(n)sis.” Ruined Roman walls, two relief carvings (a Thracian knight and a funeral feast), and other chance finds are of interest.


Ov. Pont. 1.8.13, 4.7.21, 23-24, 53; Ant. It. 226.2; Not. Dig. or.; Hierocl. Synecd. 637.14; Procop. De aed. 4.7.

I. Barnea, “O inscripţie de la Aegyssus,” Studi şi cercetări de istorie veche, I, 2 (1950) 175-84; TIR, L.35 (1969) s.v.; N. Gostar, “Caspio Aegisos,” Danubius 4 (1970) 113-21.


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