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Lepontii
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A Celtic tribe in the Central Alps where, according to Caes. B Gall. 4,10,3, the source of the Rhine is located. Most consider this passage to be a late interpolation because knowledge of the Central Alps only came with Augustus' Alpine War (between 25 and 15 BC): inscription of La Turbie ([1. 80ff.]; later Str. 4,6,6; 8; Plin. HN 3,134; 136f.). Regarding mistaken descriptions of the course of the Rhine [2. 303, 440]. Many placenames in the Swiss cantons Ticino, the Grisons and Va…

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Walser, Gerold (Basle), “Lepontii”, 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 30 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e701750>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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