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(Οὐέττονες/Ouéttones). Central Iberian people with a settlement area between the Rivers Anas and Durius (Ptol. 2,5,9), whose Celtic character is not certain [1. 202 f.]. The V. were herdsmen and cattle breeders. They discovered a herb which was particularly effective against snake bites (Celsus, Med. 5,27,10; modern Betony, Stachys or Betonica officinalis) and in Gaul was called herba Vettonica (Plin. HN 25,84; cf. Placitus Papyriensis). The V. suffered a defeat in 193 BC in battle with the Romans under the praetor M. Fulvius [I 15] at Toletum (Liv. 35,7,8). Oc…

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Stepper, Ruth, “Vettones”, 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 15 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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