Region on the Atlantic coast of northern Spain. It corresponds with the modern provinces of Asturias, Leon and Valladolid. The Astures split up into tribal groups (populi), first reported by Posidonius (in Str. 3,3,7). Like the Cantabri, they were subjugated by Augustus. The gold reserves of the country were legendary. In the town of Astorga, there was a military unit under the command of the procurator metallorum (Flor. Epit. 2,33,60; ILS 9125ff.).
F. J. Lomas Salmonte, Asturias preromana y altoimperial, 1989
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