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Lambaesis [Fr. Lambèse; now Tazoult Lambèse]locked

  • T. W. Potter


[Fr. Lambèse; now Tazoult Lambèse]

Roman site in Algeria, 11 km from the town of Batna on the northern flanks of the Aures Mountains, with remains of one of the more extensively excavated legionary fortresses in the Roman Empire and its associated civilian town. The earliest military base (ad 81) comprised a small fort (148×120 m) with stone defences, nearly 2 km from the site of the later legionary fortress, beneath what became part of the civilian town. Brick stamps indicate that it was built by the Third Augustan legion; traces remain of the barracks and administrative buildings, but the size of the fort implies that only a detachment of the 5000-strong legion can have been stationed there. Little remains also of the second fort, which lies to the north-east of the main site, and is also fairly small (200 sq. m). An inscription on a column at the centre of the fort recording a speech made to the Third Augustan legion by Hadrian in ...

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