), a people on the south coast of Spain, east of the Pillars of Hercules, to whom the town of MASTIA (Μαστία
) belonged. They were mentioned by Hecataeus (Steph. B. sub voce Μαστιανοί
) and Polybius (3.33
), but do not occur in later writers. Hannibal transported a part of them to Africa. (Polyb. l.c.
) Mastia appears to be the same as MASSIA (Μασσία
), which Theopompus described as a district bordering upon the Tartessians. (Steph. B. sub voce Μασσία.
) Hecataeus also assigned the following towns to this people: MAENOBORA
(Steph. B. sub voce Μαινόβωρα
), probably the same as the later Maenoba; SIXUS (Σίξος, Steph. B. sub voce
probably the same as the later Sex, or Hexi; MOLYBDANA (Μολυβδάνα, Steph. B. sub voce
; and SYALIS (Σύαλις,
, Steph. B. sub voce
probably the later Suel.