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Belgae

(675 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
(Βελγικοί: Cass. Dio 39,1; 40,42; Βέλγαι: Strab. 4,1,1). [English version] A. Ursprünge Nach Caesars Gliederung der Gallia in drei Bevölkerungsgruppen (Caes. Gall. 1,1) diejenige, die zw. Seine, Marne, Nordsee und Rhein siedelte; ihre südl. Ausdehnung ist nicht genauer definiert. Über die Herkunft der B. läßt sich nur wenig Sicheres sagen. Anf. 3.Jh. v.Chr. drangen vermutlich aus Jütland und dem baltischen Raum Völkerschaften hier ein (Mela 3,36; 57; Amm. 15,9-13), die mit jenen verwandt waren, die etwa zu…

Belgica

(333 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[English version] Urspr. die von Caesar bei seiner Dreiteilung der Gallia (Caes. Gall. 1,1) als das Siedlungsgebiet der Belgae (Caes. Gall. 2,4) bezeichnete Region. Eine einheitliche Verwaltung blieb aber bestehen, bis Augustus im Rahmen der Neuorganisation der Tres Galliae 16/13 v.Chr. die kaiserliche Prov. B. konstituierte. Aufgrund der von Plin. nat. 4,105 und Ptol. 2,9 überlieferten Völkerschaften der B. lassen sich die Prov.-Grenzen ungefähr festlegen, die von der Einteilung Caesars stark abweichen. Im Norden bildete die Nordse…

Morini

(523 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[English version] (kelt. für “Leute des Meeres”). Volk in der Gallia Belgica am h. Pas de Calais, dessen Gebiet im Westen und Norden ans Meer reichte. Die Grenze zu den im NO benachbarten Menapii verlief die Aa aufwärts bis östl. von St. Omer, um südl. auf die Leie zu stoßen, diese ein wenig aufwärts, wo man bei Merville auf das ehemalige Gebiet der Atrebates [1] traf; von hier aus gelangte man wohl auf der alten Bistumsgrenze von Arras in südöstl. Richtung zur Quelle der Canche bei Ivergny, welch…

Geidumni

(33 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[English version] Nur bei Caes. Gall. 5,39,1 gen. Volk der Gallia Belgica, das zu den Nervii in einem Abhängigkeitsverhältnis stand; ihre Wohnsitze in Flandern sind nicht genauer lokalisierbar. Schön, Franz (Regensburg)

Eburones

(193 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[English version] Volk in Gallia Belgica, das bedeutendste unter den Germani Cisrhenani (Caes. Gall. 2,4); sie waren Klienten der Treveri im Süden; dazw. lagen die german. Condrusi und Segni (Caes. Gall. 4,6; 6,32). Im Norden grenzten die E. an das Küstenvolk der Menapii (Caes. Gall. 6,5). Der Kern ihres Siedlungsgebiets zw. Maas und Rhein (Caes. Gall. 5,24) umfaßte die nördl. Ardennen, die Eifel und die Bördenlandschaften. Mit den Aduatuci im Westen bestand evtl. eine Teilkongruenz (Caes. Gall. 5…

Orolaunum

(237 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[English version] h. Arlon-Arel (Belgien, Prov. Luxembourg). Bed. vicus der civitas der Treveri, wahrscheinlich Hauptort eines ihrer pagi ( pagus ); entstand an den Quellen der Semois am Kreuzungspunkt der wichtigen Fernstraßen von Durocortorum nach Augusta [6] Treverorum (Itin. Anton. 366,2; [1]) und von Divodurum nach Aduatuca. Angesichts der Bedrohung durch Barbaren wurde E. des 3./Anf. des 4. Jh. n.Chr. die Siedlung auf den nördl. Stadthügel (h. St. Donat) verlagert und mit einem ovalen, 780 m langen und 4 m dicken Mauerring gesichert. Vom 15 ha großen vicus in der Ebene s…

Itium, Itius portus

(147 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[English version] Vorgebirge und Hafen der Morini in Gallia Belgica, Ausgangsbasis für Caesars Flotte für die britannischen Expeditionen (Caes. Gall. 4,21-23; 5,2). Caesar erwähnt I. nur anläßlich der zweiten Expedition 54 v.Chr., τὸ Ἴτιον bei Strab. 4,5,2 ist auf das Unternehmen vom Vorjahr zu beziehen. Das Vorgebirge (Ἴτιον ἄκρον, Ptol. 2,9,1) ist eher bei Cap Gris-Nez als bei Cap d'Albrech zu lokalisieren. Von vielen Theorien zur Lage des Hafens (etwa in Flandern und der Calaisis) sind nur zwei…

Leuci

(144 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[English version] Volk in Gallia Belgica zw. Matrona und Mosella, nordwestl. der Sequani, südwestl. der Mediomatrici; ihr Gebiet reichte im Osten und SO bis an die Vogesen (Caes. Gall. 2,14; Tac. hist. 1,64; Ptol. 2,9,13; Plin. nat. 4,106; Lucan. 1,242); civitas/Hauptort war Tullum. Bei den L. ist ein Quellen- und Heilkult belegt - entweder in Form der Verehrung des Apollo (Graux, Malaincourt) bzw. des kelt. Apollo Grannus (Tullum, Nasium, Grand) [1] oder einer namenlosen Gottheit (Laneuveville) [2]. Nach Claudius Marius Victor, Aleth…

Nemetacum

(389 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[English version] Hauptort der Atrebates, h. Arras (Dép. Pas de Calais), auf einer Höhe am Zusammenfluß von Scarpe und Crinchon; Sümpfe im Süden und Osten und Steilabfall nach Norden gaben dem Ort natürlichen Schutz. N. ist wohl identisch mit Nemetocenna, dem Lager des Antonius [I 9], das Caesar 51/0 v.Chr. als Winterquartier diente (Caes. Gall. 8,46,6; 52,1 [Hirtius]). Eine präurbane latènezeitliche Siedlung ist nachgewiesen, ein atrebatisches oppidum (42 ha) befand sich 5 km entfernt bei Etrun am Zusammenfluß von Scarpe und Gy. N. war eine augusteische Neug…

Mediomatrici

(402 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[English version] Volk in der Gallia Belgica; Hauptort ihrer civitas war Divodurum (h. Metz). Ihr Herrschaftsgebiet im h. Lothringen umfaßte die oberen Stromgebiete von Maas, Mosel und Saar (Strab. 4,3,4; Ptol. 2,9,7) und reichte urspr. im Osten bis an den Rhein (Caes. Gall. 4,10,3; Strab. l.c.). Im Gallischen Krieg (Caesar) traten sie kaum in Erscheinung, unterstützten 52 v.Chr. den in Alesia belagerten Vercingetorix mit 5000 Mann (Caes. Gall. 7,75,3); ihre linksrheinischen Gebiete im Unterelsaß zw. Vog…

Gesoriacum

(445 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[English version] Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Bataveraufstand | Gallia | Handel | Straßen Hafenstadt der Morini in der Gallia Belgica, h. Boulogne-sur-mer, auch als Bononia bezeugt. Beide gleichzeitig benutzten Bezeichnungen (Flor. epit. 2,30) beziehen sich eigentlich nur auf Teilgebiete. Nach traditioneller Ansicht ist G. die Unter- und Bononia die Oberstadt (anders [1. 63]). Tiberius bezeichnete bei seinem Aufenthalt 4 n.Chr. den Ort als Bononia (ILS 9463); in der Folgezeit ist bis zum An…

Pleumoxii

(51 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[English version] Nur bei Caes. Gall. 5,39,1 im Zusammenhang mit den Ereignissen des Winters 54/3 v.Chr. genanntes Volk der Gallia Belgica in unmittelbarer Nachbarschaft der Nervii, zu denen es in einem Abhängigkeitsverhältnis stand. Ihre Wohnsitze befanden sich wohl in Brabant bzw. in der belgischen Prov. Namur. Schön, Franz (Regensburg)

Belginum

(93 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[English version] Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Kelten Vicus bei Wederath (Kreis Bernkastel-Wittlich) an der röm. Straße Augusta Treverorum - Mogontiacum (Tab. Peut.; CIL XIII 7555a). Das dazugehörende gallo-röm. Gräberfeld weist kontinuierliche Belegung vom 4.Jh. v.bis zum 4.Jh. n.Chr. auf. Die Anfänge des vicus liegen dagegen nicht vor dem 1. Jh.n.Chr. Eine latènezeitliche bzw. frühröm. Vorgängersiedlung konnte noch nicht nachgewiesen werden. Nach den Wirren von 275/6 n.Chr. blieb B. dank seiner verkehrsgeogr. Bed. bis ins 4.Jh. bewohnt. Schön, Franz (…

Durocortorum

(486 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[English version] Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Bataveraufstand | Gallia | Limes | Limes | Roma | Straßen Hauptort der gallo-röm. civitas der Remi, h. Reims, am nördl. Rand der Champagne (Ptol. 2,9,6; 8,5,6); ob identisch mit dem Zentrum der unabhängigen Remi (Caes. Gall. 6,44), bleibt offen. Die noch sporadische Besiedlung seit E. der Hallstattzeit vervielfachte sich in Latène III. Im Laufe des 1. Jh.v.Chr. entstand ein oppidum von ca. 90 ha Fläche mit massivem Erdwall und Graben, umgeben von einem zweiten konzentrischen Wall vom selben Typ (5…

Mosa

(384 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[English version] [1] Fluß, h. Maas Fluß, h. Maas, entspringt in der Germania Superior bei den Lingones auf dem Plateau von Langres (anders Caes. Gall. 4,10,1: im Vosegus), fließt nördl. durch die Belgica, durchbricht kurz vor der Germania Inferior die Ardennen und erreicht bei den Batavi das Mare Germanicum. Die scheinbar widersprüchlichen Angaben ant. Autoren dazu, ob der M. direkt ins Meer (Plin. nat. 4,100f.; Ptol. 2,9,3) oder über den linken Rheinarm, die Waal (Caes. Gall. 4,10,1: Vacalus; Tac. ann. 2,6,4: Vahalis; Tac. hist. 5,23,1), mündet, sind angesichts der geologi…

Levaci

(40 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[English version] Bei Caes. Gall. 5,39,1 im Zusammenhang mit den Ereignissen des Winters 54/53 v.Chr. gen. Volk der Gallia Belgica in unmittelbarer Nachbarschaft der Nervii, zu denen es in einem Abhängigkeitsverhältnis stand; nicht genauer lokalisierbar. Schön, Franz (Regensburg)

Suessiones

(164 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] (Οὐέσσονες/ Ouéssones, Ptol. 2,9,11). People in Gallia Belgica in the particularly fertile modern Soissonais (departement of Aisne/Oise). With the Remi to the east, the S. formed a cultural identity, linked by the same law, the same magistrates and a unified commander-in-chief (Caes. B Gall. 2,3,4 f.). In about 80 BC, Diviciacus [1] gained supremacy as far as the southeast of Britain. When Caesar invaded in 58/7 BC, the state unity of the S. and the pro-Roman Remi disintegrated. Th…

Saletio

(377 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] Small town between the Seltzbach and the Sauer, at the mouth of these two rivers as they flow into the Rhine (today one of the Rhine arms), present-day Sel(t)z (Département Bas-Rhin southeast of Wissembourg). S. was situated on the border of the civitates of the Triboci and the Nemetes and was classified as belonging to them at least in late antiquity. The roads Mogontiacum-Argentorate and Saravus-Vosegus-Agri Decumates crossed here (It. Ant. 354,6; Tab. Peut. 3,3). There are traces of settlements dating to the Bronze Age; a Celtic oppidum from the pre-Roman era is …

Sequani

(512 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] (Σηκοανοί/ Sēkoanoí, Σηκουανοί/ Sēkouanoí). A Celtic people, ethnically and culturally related to the north and east Gallic tribes, who in the Prehistoric Period presumably lived on the Sequana [1] (Seine) first, later in present-day Franche-Comté. In the mid 1st cent. BC, the rule of king Catamantaloedes was succeeded by an aristocratic regime (Caes. B Gall. 1,3,4). The S. called the Germani into their country against the Haedui and were forced to cede to them large parts of their t…

Pleumoxii

(56 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] People of Gallia Belgica, mentioned only in Caes. B Gall. 5,39,1 in the context of the events of the winter of 54/3 BC, who were in a relationship of dependence on their immediate neighbours the Nervii. Their homelands were probably in Brabant or in the Belgian province of Namur. Schön, Franz (Regensburg)

Remi

(774 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] Tribe in Gallia Belgica that settled in the Aisne, Vesle and Suippe valleys, with a heavy concentration in the middle Aisne valley, i.e. in the present-day départements of Marne and Ardennes, and in parts of Aisne and Meuse [1. 127 f.]. Encircled by forests, the territory of the R. nowhere bordered on neighbouring tribes. When the R. had become settled in this region, they drifted so far from their original 'nomadic mind-set' that they identified their concept of the boundless world around them now with th…

Gesoriacum

(523 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: | Gallia/Gaul | Commerce | Batavian Revolt Harbour city of the Morini in Gallia Belgica, modern Boulogne-sur-mer, also attested as Bononia. Both names, which were used contemporaneously (Flor. Epit. 2,30), actually refer only to parts of the site. According to the traditional view, G. is the lower part of the city, while Bononia is the upper part (contrary [1. 63]). During his stay in AD 4, Tiberius called the place Bononia (ILS 9463); thereafter, unt…

Samarobriva

(526 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: | Gallia/Gaul Principal town of the civitas of the Ambiani, Late Antique Ambianis, modern Amiens (Dépt. Somme) at a crossing ( -briva) over the Samara (Caes. B Gall. 5,24,1; 47,2; 53,3; Cic. Fam. 7,11,2; 12,1,16; Tab. Peut. 2,3; CIL XIII 3490; Notae Tironianae 73 Zangenmeister; Honorius, Cosmographia 36 B1 Riese; in Ptol. 2,9,4 alternatively: Σαμαρόβριγα/ Samaróbriga; ILS 5839; It. Ant. 379,9 f.; 380,1: Samarabriva). No evidence of a preceding Celtic settlement has been found [1]. Its geographical charact…

Toxandria

(103 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] Region (Amm. Marc. 17,8,3) in the modern provinces of Noord-Brabant, Antwerpen and Limburg, in the Middle Ages the earldom of Teisterbant. The population (Texuandri: Plin. HN 4,106; ILS 2556; CIL III, 6239; 14214) consisted of different groups, among them Germanic peoples which gathered in the former settlement area of the Eburones. The Salii [1], who settled in T. in Late Antiquity, were defeated in AD 358 by Iulianus [11], but may have remained in the country and made T. the starting point for their expansion in the 4th and 5th cents. Schön, Franz (Regensburg) Bibliograp…

Arduenna

(55 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] Wooded mountains in  Gallia; exact location and extent unclear even in antiquity (Str. 4,3,5; Tac. Ann. 3,42). They centred on the modern Eifel and Ardennes, but evidently extended to the north-west over the hills of Artois to the territory of the  Atrebates and  Morini on the English Channel. Schön, Franz (Regensburg)

Tungri

(471 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] (Τοῦγγροι/ Toûngroi). A tribe in Gallia Belgica (It. Ant. 358,15; Ptol. 2,9,9) that had not yet appeared at the time of Caesar's capture of Gallia. At the time, the Germani [2] Cisrhenani were settling between the Scaldis (Schelde) and the Rhenus [2] (Rhine) under the hegemony of the Eburones. After the defeat inflicted upon the latter by Caesar (Caes. B Gall. 6,5; 6,29-34; 8,24 f.), the entire political structure of the Germani Cisrhenani was dissolved in accordance with Roman policy. In the Augustan Period, the civitas of the T. was founded in the western area …

Scaldis Pons

(48 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] Roman station on the Turnacum-Bagacum road at a bridge over the river Scaldis, which formed the boundary between the Menapii and the Nervii (It. Ant. 376,8; Tab. Peut. 2,3). Cf. the modern place name Escau(t)pont (in the département du Nord). Schön, Franz (Regensburg)

Mediomatrici

(467 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] Tribe in Gallia Belgica; capital of their civitas was Divodurum (modern Metz). Their territory in modern Lorraine comprised the upper basins of the rivers Maas, Moselle and Saar (Str. 4,3,4; Ptol. 2,9,7), and originally extended eastwards as far as the Rhine (Caes. B Gall. 4,10,3; Str. l.c.). It is unlikely they participated in the Gallic War ( Caesar). In 52 BC they sent 5000 men to support Vercingetorix who was besieged in Alesia (Caes. B Gall. 7,75,3); they had to cede their territori…

Sambra

(132 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] [1] River in Gallia Belgica River in Gallia Belgica, mentioned in ancient saints' legends (e.g., MGH Scriptorum rerum Merovingiorum 5,634,12; 5,643,12; details in [1. 1338]), modern Sambre, rising on the western edge of the Ardennes and flowing into the Mosa [1] (Meuse/Maas) near Namur. Identification with the Sabis [1] (Caes. B Gall. 2,16,1; 2,18) is uncertain. Schön, Franz (Regensburg) Bibliography 1 Holder. [German version] [2] Modern Somme Besides the modern Sambre (= S. [1]), the Samara was also called the S.  (cf. Not. Dign. Occ. 38,8). T…

Bellovaci

(109 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] Tribe in Gallia Belgica (Picardy region) south of the Ambiani in the Thérain valley (Ptol. 2,9,4; Str. 4,3,5). Beauvais ( Caesaromagus), once the capital of the civitas, and the surrounding Beauvaisis owe their names to the B. This mightiest tribe of the  Belgae was defeated by Caesar in 57 BC (Caes. B Gall. 2,4,5; 2,13-15). They were hesitant participants in the revolt led by  Vercingetorix in 52 BC (Caes. B Gall. 7,75), but in the following year, they organized resistance against Rome (Caes. B Gall. 8,6…

Belgae

(762 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
(Βελγικοί; Belgikoí: Cass. Dio 39,1; 40,42; Βέλγαι; Bélgai: Str. 4,1,1). [German version] A. Origins According to Caesar's division of Gallia into three population groups (Caes. B Gall. 1,1), the B. were the one settling between the Seine, Marne, North Sea and Rhine; their southern spread is not specified. Little can be said with certainty about the origins of the B. At the beginning of the 3rd cent. BC, tribal groups, presumably from Jutland and the Baltic region, invaded this region (Mela 3,36; 57; Amm. Ma…

Scarponna

(270 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] Roman bridge station, modern Scarponne near Dieulouard in the département of Meurthe et Meuse, on a route from the Rhodanus (Rhone) to the Rhenus (Rhine) between Divodurum (modern Metz) and Tullum (modern Toul), where the Roman road crossed the four branches of the Mosella on bridges (It. Ant. 365,5; Tab. Peut. 3,1; Geogr. Rav. 4,26: Scarbonna; CIL XIII 9050). The beginning of the Gallo-Roman vicus of the civitas of the Mediomatrici (no traces of pre-Roman settlement) can be viewed in the context of the extension of the traffic network at the beg…

Iura

(221 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] (Caes. B Gall. 1,2,3; 1,6,1; 1,8,1; Iurensis, Iorensis, Sidon. Apoll. Epist. 4,25,5; Greg. Tur. vit. patr. 1; Iures, Plin. HN 3,31; 4,105; 16,197; Ἰόρας/ Ióras, Ἰουράσιος/ Iourásios, Str. 4,3,4; 4,6,11; Ἰουρασσός/ Iourassós, Ptol. 2,9,2; 2,9,10). Mountain chain, c. 250 km long and up to 70 km wide, stretching in an arch shape from the Rhône at the Lac du Bourget, in a northerly/north-easterly direction to Baden in Switzerland. According to Caesar and Strabo, it formed the frontier between the Helvetii and the Sequani…

Catalauni

(78 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] A tribal group of Gallia Belgica, who probably originally settled in the area of the Remi, in the modern Champagne. Its name and its capital of the same name, modern Châlon-sur-Marne, are only mentioned by later authors (Amm. Marc. 15,11,10; 27,2,4; Eutr. 9,13; Jer. Chron. AD 274; Not. Gall. 6,4; Durocatalauni: It. Ant. 361). The  Catuvellauni, who migrated to southern Britannia, are probably part of the same tribal group.  Campi Catalauni Schön, Franz (Regensburg)

Solicia

(143 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] Place in Gallia Belgica, modern Soulosse-sous-Saint-Élophe, on the road from the Rhodanus to the Rhenus between Andematunnum and Tullum (modern Toul) in the territory of the Leuci (It. Ant. 358,9; CIL XIII 4679); another name was Solimariaca, derived from a deity Solima or Solimara (It. Ant. 385,8; CIL XIII 4681; 4683). Inscriptions provide information on trade and industry (CIL XIII 4678-4703; [1. 4845-4890; 2]). In the 4th century AD a castrum was built on the Saint Élophe hill. In the Carolingian period S. was the main town of the Pagus Solocensis. Schön, Franz (Reg…

Menapii

(483 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] People of the North Sea coast of what is now Flanders, originally also north of the Rhine delta (Caes. B Gall. 4,4,2; Strab. 4,3,4). In 56/5 BC, the Germanic Usipetes and Tencteri crossed the Rhine, driving the M. out of their homelands on the right bank of the Rhine (Caes. B Gall. 4,4). The frontier of the C ivitas Menapiorum formed after their subjugation by Rome in 53 BC (stages of conquest 58 BC, Caes. B Gall. 2,4,9; 56 BC, Caes. B Gall. 3,9,10; 3,28f.; Cass. Dio 39,44; 55 BC, Caes. Gall. 4,22,5; 38,3; 53 BC, Caes. Gall. 6,5,6) ran al…

Bagacum

(319 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: | Limes Modern Bavai, capital ( civitas) of the  Nervii, in the French Département Nord not far off the Belgian border. The Celtic place name as well as some scanty finds from the Latène period hint at the possibility that a modest pre-Roman settlement existed. However, B. is a Roman foundation, and has to be seen in the context of Agrippa's road building programme for the reorganization of Gaul (20/19 BC). At this junction of the links with Durocort…

Leuci

(159 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] People in Gallia Belgica between Matrona and Mosella, north-west of the Sequani, south-west of the Mediomatrici; their territory extended in the east and the south-east up to the Vosges (Caes. B Gall. 2,14; Tac. Hist. 1,64; Ptol. 2,9,13; Plin. HN 4,106; Luc. 1,242); civitas/capital was Tullum. A spring and healing cult has been attested with the L. - either in the form of Apollo worship (Graux, Malaincourt) or the Celtic Apollo Grannus (Tullum, Nasium, Grand) [1] or a nameless deity (Laneuveville) [2]. According to Claudi…

Vosegus

(335 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] The uplands which extend over some 200 km in eastern France (Caes. B Gall. 4,10; Luc. 1,397; Plin. HN 16,197; Vibius Sequester 145,16 Riese; Vosagus: Tab. Peut. 3,2-4; Ven. Fort. 7,4; Greg. Tur. Franc. 10,10), modern Vosges Mountains, form in the east the western edge of the Upper Rhine lowlands and in the west cross into the Lorraine plateau and the Monts Faucilles, in the north continue in the Palatinate Forest and in the south descend towards the Burgundy Gate. The V. is considered to be the boundary…

Turnacum

(393 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] Modern Tournai/Doornik in the Belgian province of Hainault. Gallo-Roman vicus on both banks of the Scaldis (Scheldt) in the border region between the Menapii and Nervii, a node on the route from Gesoriacum (Boulogne-sur-mer) to Bagacum (modern Bavai: Tab. Peut. 2,3;  It. Ant. 367,7), from which roads lead to Castellum (modern Cassel; It. Ant. 377,5) and Tervanna (ibid. 378,11). There is evidence of traces of settlement as early as the Iron Age, the Gallo-Roman presence i…

Sequana

(426 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] (Σηκοάνας/ Sēkoánas, Σηκουανός/ Sēkouanós), modern Seine. River in Gallia (Caes. B Gall. 1,1,2; Mela 3,2,20; Plin. HN 4,105; 109; Amm. Marc. 15,11,3; Str. 4,1,14; 3,2-5; 4,1; 5,2; Ptol. 2,8,2; 9,1; Cass. Dio 40,38,4) rising - contrary to Str. 4,3,2 - not in the Alps but on the plateau of Langres, then flowing through the Paris Basin and, meandering strongly from Iuliobona (present-day Lillebonne) and broadening into an estuary, arriving at the mare Britannicum (present-day English Channel). According to literary tradition, the S. formed an ethnic bord…

Virodunum

(233 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] Roman vicus in Gallia Belgica in the territory of the Mediomatrici (It. Ant. 364,3; Not. Dign. Occ. 42,68; Not. Galliarum 5,4: Verodunum; various forms of the name in Greg. Tur. Franc. passim) on a spur between the Mosa [1] (Meuse) and its tributary, modern Scanne, at a crossing of the Durocortorum-Divodurum road with regional roads, modern Verdun in the département of Meuse. A Celtic oppidum cannot archaeologically be ascertained, the Imperial period topography is largely unknown ( macellum in Rue de Mazel?); already by the middle of th…

Nasium

(249 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] City of the Leuci in Gallia Belgica (It. Ant. 365,3; Tab. Peut. 2,5; Νάσιον/ Násion, Ptol. 2,9,13) between the rivers Mosella and Matrona [2] in the region of the present-day communities of Naix-aux-Forge and Saint-Amand-sur-Ornain. The Gallo-Roman city, located in the Ornain valley, succeeded a Celtic oppidum (52 ha) situated on the neighbouring hill of Boviolles. N. is located on the military road leading from Durocortorum to Tullum and Divodurum (Tab. Peut. l.c.; It. Ant. l.c.), but its importance in transportation is prim…

Dubis

(40 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] River in Gallia, modern Doubs, rises in the French Jura, crosses the territory of the Sequani and flows into the  Arar at Verdun-sur-le-Doubs (Caes. B Gall. 1,38; Str. 4,1,11; 14; 4,3,2; Ptol. 2,10,3). Schön, Franz (Regensburg)

Triboci

(256 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] People in Lower Alsace, who arrived in Gaul with Ariovistus in 58 BC and settled among the Mediomatrici around Brocomagus (modern Brumath) and Haguenau [1]. Their neighbours to the north were the Nemetes, to the west the Mediomatrici, to the south or southwest the Rauraci and the Leuci. When the T. became settled is unclear. The depictions in Caes. B Gall. 4,10 and  Str. 4,3,4 (Τρίβοκχοι/ Tríbokchoi) probably correspond only to circumstances around the middle of the 1st cent. BC ([2. 27-30]; later: [3]). In AD 70 the T. took part in the Treveri …

Vertunum

(374 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] Roman vicus, name only mediaeval, in the western part of the civitas Treverorum (Belgium, province of Luxemburg, Treveri), at the point where the Rivers Ton and Vire meet. V. developed as a centre on the right bank of the Ton, which gradually rises to a height of 20 m (modern Vieux-Virton) and ultimately merges into the Majeroux plateau; also on the left side in the narrow floor of the Vire valley, where a trade quarter (modern Saint-Mard) developed. V. lay on an old, presumably pre-Roman, ro…

Campi Catalauni

(138 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] Settlement area of the  Catalauni in modern Champagne, repeatedly the scene of significant battles, thus in AD 273 the victory of emperor Aurelianus over the Gallic usurper  Esuvius Tatricus (SHA Aurelian. 23,3; Eutr. 9,13; Jer. Chron. AD 273), and in AD 366 the victory of general Iovinus over a Germanic army (Amm. Marc. 27,2,4). The Campi Catalauni attained particular fame with the battle of Châlon of 451, when, under Avitus' leadership, a coalition between Rome and the Visigoths…

Helellum

(170 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] (Tab. Peut. 3,4; Alaia, Geogr. Rav. 26). Roman vicus of the Triboci in Upper Alsace (not identical to  Helvetum) on the Argentovaria-Argentoratum route at the crossing of the Ill near modern Ehl-Benfeld, Département Bas-Rhin [1]; a late La Tène period settlement was followed in the late Augustan period by the Gallo-Roman vicus that ultimately developed c. 100 m on both sides of the main road over a length of c. 1,000 m. A necropolis (3rd/4th cents. AD) is located south of H. Despite the minor artisan businesses, H. was primarily a trading centre. The vicus, which was also …

Titelberg

(460 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] Celtic oppidum in the western area of the Treveri near Pétange (Luxembourg) on the southern edge of the Ardenne mountains, c. 100 m above the valley of the Chier (a side arm of the Meuse), situated on a rocky ledge which served as the settlement area (43 ha). From the 1st half of the 1st cent. BC, the area was secured along the edges of the cliff with a fortification wall (2700 m) and with a barrier in the shape of a murus Gallicus at the narrowest connection to the plateau behind it, later with a 'Belgian type' wall. Two gates connected by…

Itium, Itius portus

(162 words)

Author(s): Schön, Franz (Regensburg)
[German version] Promontory and port of the Morini in Gallia  Belgica, starting-point of Caesar's fleet for the expeditions to Britain (Caes. B Gall. 4,21-23; 5,2). Caesar only mentions I. in the context of his second expedition of 54 BC; τὸ Ἴτιον in Str. 4,5,2 refers to the operation of the preceding year. The promontory (Ἴτιον ἄκρον, Ptol. 2,9,1) is to be located near Cap Gris-Nez rather than near Cap d'Albrech. Of the numerous theories regarding the exact location of this port (e.g. in Flanders…
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