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FORUM CLAUDII

Eth. FORUM CLAUDII Ptolemy (3.1) mentions two towns in the country of the Centrones [CENTRONES], Forum Claudii and Axima (Aisme). As there is a place called Centron in the valley of Aisme, it is probable that Centron marks the site of a place called Centrones, for under the Empire it was usual in Gallia for the name of a people to be substituted for that of their chief place. If this be so, we may assume that Centron represents Forum Claudii. Guichenon (cited by D'Anville) gives two inscriptions which, he says, were found at Aisme; and in one of them, which is in honour of Nerva, the names Forum Claudii and Centrones occur thus--FOROCL. CENTRON. This might be used as an argument, that Forum Claudii is another name for Axima.

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