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O´NOBA AESTUA´RIA (Ὄνοβα Αἰστουάρια, Ptol. 2.4.5), called also simply ONOBA (Strab. iii. p.143; Mela, 3.1.5).


A maritime town of the Turdetani in Hispania Baetica, between the rivers Anas and Baetis. It was seated on the estuary of the river Luxia, and on the road from the mouth of the Anas to Augusta Emerita. (Itin. Ant. p. 431.) It is commonly identified with Huelva, where there are still some Roman remains, especially of an aqueduct; the vestiges of which, however, are fast disappearing, owing to its being used as a quarry by the boorish agriculturists of the neighbourhood. (Murray's Handbook of Spain, p. 170.) Near it lay Herculis Insula, mentioned by Strabo (iii. p.170), called Ἡράκλεια by Steph. B. sub voce (s. v.), now Saltes. Onoba had a mint; and many coins have been found there bearing the name of the town, with a slight alteration in the spelling,--Onuba. (Florez. Med. ii. pp. 510, 649; Mionnet, i. p. 23, Suppl. p. 39; Sestini, Med. Isp. p. 75, ap. Ukert, vol. ii. pt. 1. p. 340.)


Another town of Baetica, near Corduba. (Plin. Nat. 3.1. s. 3.) In an inscription in Gruter (p. 1040. 5) it is called Conoba. Ukert (vol. ii. pt. 1. p. 366) places it near Villa del Carpio. [T.H.D]

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    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 3.1
    • Claudius Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos, 2.4
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