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According to Strabo, the Artabri (or Arrotrebae)[1] were an ancient Gallaecian Celtic tribe,[2] living in the extreme north-west of modern Galicia, about Cape Nerium (Cabo Prior), outskirts of the city and port of Ferrol, where in Roman times, in the 1st century BC, a fishing port existed which also trade in metals (like Silver, Gold, Tin and Iron[3] ) as well as wild horses[4]in the bay of Ferrol most likely administered from nearby Nerium (Modern day Narahio famous for its medieval castle and cape Nerium[5] modern day Cape Prior) in an area dominated by the Artabri (or Arrotrebae) [6]) giving name to the Portus Magnus Artabrorum[7] (Form not just by the bay of Ferrol but the three rias of Ferrol, Betanzos and Corunna). Strabo reports several seaports among the Artabri. Ptolemy[8] places them among Galaeci Lucenses and gives their capital town as Lucus Augusti (now Lugo).

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  1. ^ The common name to Strabo: Sir William Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, vol. I, s.v. "Artabri".
  2. ^ Strabo, iii.153, Pomponius Mela, iii.1.9. (Smith)
  3. ^ Jones, Horace Leonard (1949). The Geography Of Strabo Vol.2. pp. 45–46.
  4. ^ Jones, Horace Leonard (1949). The Geography Of Strabo Vol.2. p. 107.
  5. ^ Jones, Horace Leonard (1949). The Geography Of Strabo Vol.2. pp. 7–8.
  6. ^ Jones, Horace Leonard (1949). The Geography Of Strabo Vol.2. p. 71.
  7. ^ Mela, Pomponius; Vadianus, Joachim; Camers, Joannes (1522). Pomponii Melae De orbis situ libri tres, : accuratissime emendati,. John Carter Brown Library. Basileae, : apud Andream Cratandrum. p. 163.
  8. ^ Ptolemy, ii.6.22.

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