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AQUAE CA´LIDAE (Ὕδατα Θερμὰ Κολωνία, Ptol. : Hammane Meriga, large Ru. and hot springs), in Mauretania Caesariensis, almost due S. of Caesarea, at the distance of 25 M. P. It was important, not only for its hot springs, but for its commanding the pass of the Lesser Atlas, from Caesarea, and other cities on the coast, to the valley of the Chinalaph. This explains its having acquired the rank of a colony in the time of Ptolemy, while in the Antonine Itinerary it is called simply Aquae. Its ruins are fully described by Shaw (p. 64, 1st ed.).


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