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BATAVODU´RUM

BATAVODU´RUM a place on the Rhine (Tac. Hist. 5.20), where the Romans had a legion, the Secunda, during the war with Civilis. The name Batavo-dur, um means a Batavian place on a stream. The site is generally supposed to be what was called Dorestade in the middle ages, and now Wyck-te-Durstede, which is in the angle formed by the Leck and the Krommne Rhyn, a position which is consistent with the attempt of the German auxiliaries of Civilis to destroy a bridge at Batavodurum, if we suppose that they came from the German or north side of the Rhine to attack the place. Some geographers fix Batavodurum at Noviomagus, generally supposed to be Nymegen, in favour of which something may be said.

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