Abziri

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Abziri
Abziri is located in Tunisia
Abziri
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Alternative nameAbziritanus
LocationTunisia
RegionBen Arous Governorate
Coordinates36°36′30″N 10°10′18″E / 36.60833°N 10.17167°E / 36.60833; 10.17167Coordinates: 36°36′30″N 10°10′18″E / 36.60833°N 10.17167°E / 36.60833; 10.17167
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Abziri also known variously as Abziritanus and Abdiritanus was a Roman and Byzantine era oppidum (town) in Africa Proconsularis, Roman North Africa. The town is tentatively identified with ruins near Oudna, in Cartagine, Tunisia.[1]

History[edit]

The town was mentioned by Pliny[2] and was one of the 30 oppida libera in Africa Proconsularis. The town appears to be a native Berber town associated with the nearby Roman colony of Uthina.

Bishopric[edit]

The town was the seat of an ancient Catholic bishopric[3] which functioned till the end of the 7th century and the arrival of Islamic Armies. The diocese was refounded in name in 1933, and exists today as a titular see in the Roman Catholic Church.

References[edit]

  1. ^ R. J. A. Talbert (ed.), Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World, with Map-by-Map Directory (Princeton University and Oxford, 2000)
  2. ^ Pliny. Natural History v:30.
  3. ^ Abziri at catholic-hierarchy.org.
  4. ^ Le Petit Episcopologe, Issue 212, Number 17.605
  5. ^ Salzburg, Erzdiözese. "Erzdiözese Salzburg - Generalvikar Hansjörg Hofer wird neuer Weihbischof in Salzburg". www.kirchen.net (in German). Retrieved 2017-06-01.