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, capital of the ancient kingdom of Léon and, at the present time, of the province of that name, to the south of the Asturias. The name comes from the Legio Septima Gemina Asturica , which established its castrum there in the reign of the Emperor Trajan. J. M. Blazquez ( Estructura económica y social de España ) includes it among the towns which were provided with walls during the Later Empire, and its role was very slight for the whole of the Visigothic period.

The Arab geographers mention Liyūn only rarely. Abu ’l-Fidāʾ says that “Ibn Saʿīd places it in 10°5′ longitude and 46°…

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Chalmeta, P., “Liyūn”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 26 February 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_4679>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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