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Eth. I´LICI or IL´LICI (Itin. Ant. p. 401; Ἰλικιὰς Ἰλλικίς, Ptol. 2.6.62: Elche), an inland city of the Contestani, but near the coast, on which it had a port (Ἰλλικιτανὸς λιμήν, Ptol. l.c. § 14), lying just in the middle of the bay formed by the Pr. Saturni and Dianium, which was called Illicitanus Sinus. The city itself stood at the distance of 52 M. P. from Carthago Nova, on the great road to Tarraco (Itin. Ant. p. 401), and was a Colonia immunis, with the jus Italicum (Plin. Nat. 3.3. s. 4; Paulus, Dig. viii. de Cens.). Its coins are extant of the period of the empire (Florez, Med. de Esp. vol. ii. p. 458; Sestini, p. 166; Mionnet, vol. i. p. 45, Suppl. vol. i. p. 90; Eckhel, vol. i. p. 51). Pliny adds to his mention of the place: in earn contribuuntur Icositani. (Ukert, vol. ii. pt. 1. pp. 402, 403.)


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    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 3.3
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