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Headword: *ta/beia
Adler number: tau,5
Translated headword: Tabeia, Tabia, Tauion, Tavium
Vetting Status: high
Name of a city and of a place.[1]
Greek Original:
*ta/beia: o)/noma po/lews kai\ to/pou.
Tabia (present-day Buyuk Nefes) was in the eastern part of Galatia, well to the east of the River Halys; Barrington Atlas map 63 grid F1. Capital of the Trokmoi/Trocmi, who settled in this area after the Gallic migration of the 260s BC. Mentioned by Strabo 12.5.2 as a fortress, an emporion, and a place of refuge (in the precinct of Zeus with its colossal bronze statue).
However [NF], it is possible that the place intended was Tabai/Gabai (Isfahan in modern Iran), a place confusing to ancient geographers.
There is also a Tabai in SW Turkey.
[1] The import of this unusual (though cf. delta 335, omicron 707) dual classification is unclear. (Adler reports only 'city' in the Ambrosian Lexicon.)
A.H.M. Jones, Cities of the Eastern Roman Provinces (Oxford 1971) 100-121
Keywords: definition; geography
Translated by: Paul McKechnie on 9 June 1999@22:24:51.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added headwords; augmented note) on 21 May 2001@05:18:53.
David Whitehead on 25 June 2001@03:19:25.
Nicholas Fincher (added note) on 17 July 2003@06:40:01.
Catharine Roth (added italics) on 16 September 2008@15:30:28.
David Whitehead (added Atlas ref; restorative and other cosmetics) on 17 September 2008@03:46:52.
David Whitehead (another note and keyword; cosmetics) on 12 August 2011@03:39:46.
David Whitehead (coding) on 27 May 2016@06:33:26.


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