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Type Settlement
Usage Arabic
Scripts سَبْتَة(Arabic)
Other Forms FormsSabtan

Meaning & History

Arabic form of Ceuta.

The settlement below Jebel Musa was later renamed for the seven hills around the site, collectively referred to as the "Seven Brothers". In particular, the Roman stronghold at the site took the name "Fort at the Seven Brothers". This was gradually shortened to Septem or, occasionally, Septum or Septa. These clipped forms continued as Berber Sebta and Arabic Sabtan or Sabtah.
Added 4/21/2023 by anonymous