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MENTESA ORETANORUM (Villanueva de la Fuente) Ciudad Real, Spain.

Site near Valdepeñas. Livy (36.17.41) calls the town Mentissa: it was a tributary city of the Oretani belonging to the Conventus Carthaginiensis (Ptol. 2.6.59). It is also mentioned in the Antonine Itinerary (445.4), and was 24 Roman miles from Libisosa and 83 from Castulo according to the vases of Vicarello. Some inscriptions have been found there, a few of which mention a libertus Augusti, M. Ulpius, who fulfilled the functions of tabularius vigesimae hereditatium and was also tabularius of the provinces of Lugudunensis, Aquitania, and Lusitania (CIL II, 3235). Another inscription mentions a P. Licinius, prefect of the Cohors VII Equitata and tribunus militum of the Legio XXII Primigenia.

It is not identical with the Mentesa of the Bastetani (Plin. 3.25).


CIL II, pp. 434-35.


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    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 3.25
    • Livy, The History of Rome, Book 36, 17
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