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Gabès, also spelled Cabès, Cabes, Kabes, Gabbs and Gaps'', is the capital city of the Gabès Governorate in Tunisia. It is located on the coast of the Gulf of Gabès. With a population of 130,984, Gabès is the 6th largest Tunisian city.HistoryEtymologyTakapes, the ancient name of Gabès, is a Numidian (Berber) toponym. Later, the prefix "Ta" (meaning "to" in Berber) was dropped, and the place became known as Kapes. As in Arabic the sound /p/ is unknown, Kapes became known as Kabes, and later known as Gabès.Roman periodGabès is the ancient Tacapae or Tacape or Tacapes of the Roman province of Tripolitania.Strabo refers to this city as an important entrepot of the Lesser Syrtis. Pliny remarks that the waters of a copious fountain at Tacape were divided among the cultivators according to a system where each had the use of the water during a certain interval of time.The Tabula Peutingeriana shows Tacape between Marcomades and Sabratha.
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