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Eth. AUTO´LOLES or AUTOLOLAE (Αὐτολάλαι, Ptol. 4.6.17; common reading Αὐτολάται), a Gaetulian people on the W. coast of Africa, in the “Libya Interior” of Ptolemy, both N. and S. of the Atlas, with a city Autolala, or Autolalae (Αὐτολάλα, Αὐτολάλαι). This city is one of Ptolemy's points of astronomical observation, having the longest day 13 1/2 hrs., being distant 3 1/2 hrs. W. of Alexandreia, and having the sun vertical once a year, at the time of the winter solstice. (Ptol. 4.6.24; 8.16.4.) Reichard takes it for the modern Agulon, or Aquilon. (Kleine Geogr. Schriften, p. 506.) All writers, except Ptolemy, call the people Autololes. (Plin. Nat. 5.1; Solin. 24; Lucan. Phars. 4.677; Sil. Ital. 3.306; Claudian. Laud. Stilich. 1.356.)

Ptolemy (4.6.33) mentions, in the Western Ocean, an island called Autolala, or Junonis Insula (Ἥρας καὶ Αὐτολάλα νῆσος), as distinct from the Fortunatae group. Some take it for Madeira, but this is very uncertain.


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    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 5.1
    • Claudius Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos, 4.6
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