previous next


AUTO´MALA (Αὐτόμαλα, Strab. ii. p.123; Αὐτομάλαξ, Ptol. 4.4.3; Αὐτομάλακα, Steph. B. sub voce Eth.Αὐτομαλακίτης and Eth. Αὐτομαλακεύς; Αὐτομάλαι, Diod. 20.41), a border fortress of Cyrenaica, on the extreme W. frontier, at the very bottom of the Great Syrtis, E. of the Altars of the Philaeni; very probably the Anabucis of the Antonine Itinerary, 25 M. P. E. of Banadedari (the Arae Philaenorum, p. 65). Modern travellers have discovered no vestige of the place. It is mentioned by Diodorus, in connection with the difficult march of Ophellas, to support Agathocles in the Carthaginian territory; and in its neighbourhood was a cave, said to have been the abode of the child-murdering queen Lamia. (Diod. l.c.)


hide References (2 total)
  • Cross-references from this page (2):
    • Diodorus, Historical Library, 20.41
    • Claudius Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos, 4.4
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: