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HERACLEIA in Gallia Narbonensis. Pliny (3.5) has preserved a tradition of a town named Heraclea, at the mouths of the Rhone; but he knew no more about-it, and we can add nothing to what he knew. Ukert (Gallien, p. 418) has a few words on this place.

Stephanus (s. v. Ἡράκλεια) in his list of towns named Heracleia mentions one in Celtice. The Maritime Itin., proceeding west. from Forum Julii (Fréjus), places “Sambracitanus Plagia” 25 M. P. from Forum Julii, and Heraclea Caccabaria 16 M.P. from the Sinus Sambracitanus. D'Anville follows Honore Bouche in placing Heracleia at S. Tropez; but in order to do this he suppresses the number 25 between Forum Julii and Sinus Sambracitanus, and assumes that 16 is the whole distance between Forum Julii and Heracleia. This is a very bad way of proceeding; for, unless he can prove some error in the MSS., he ought to assume that the distances along the coast are most correctly measured in the Itinerary, as they doubtless were. Walckenaer fixes Heracleia at the Pointe Cavalaire. S. Tropez is within the Sinus Sambracitanus. A complete map of this coast is necessary for the purposes of Comparative geography. This Heracleia is one of the Greek towns on the south coast of France.


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