The Elbe (never the Alb , despite ) has its source according to Tac. Germ. 41,2 [2. 242 f.] in the territory of the Hermunduri, according to Ptol. 2,11,1 in the Sudeten, according to Cass. Dio 55,1,3 correctly in the ‘Vandal Mountains’ (Riesengebirge / Krkonoše). Known by the Romans since Caesar, reached by Drusus and Tiberius in 9 and 5 BC, soon crossed by L. Domitius Ahenobarbus, it was to have become the Germanic border of Rome -- a plan that failed. Therefore known to Tac. (Germ. 41,4) only by ‘hearsay’ (nunc tantum auditur).
Cite this pageDietz, Karlheinz (Würzburg), “Albis”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e113150>
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