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OROBIS or ORBIS (Ὄροβις), a river of Narbonensis in Gallia. Ptolemy (2.10.2) places the outlet of the Orobis between the mouth of the Atax (Aude) and the Arauris (Hérault), which shows that it is the Orbe. In Strabo's text (iv. p. 182) it is written Obris, which Groskurd unnecessarily corrects, for Orbis and Obris were probably used indifferently, and it seems that Obris is the original reading in Mela (2.5, ed. J. Vossius, note). Mela says that the Orbis flows past Baeterrae (Béziers), and Strabo also places Baeterrae on the Orbis. In the Ora Maritima (5.590) the name is Orobis. The Orbe rises in the Cévennes in the north-west part of the department of Hérault, and has a very winding course in the upper part. It is above 60 miles long.


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    • Claudius Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos, 2.10
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