For the mountain in the Puno Region, Peru, see Tocra
, is a town on the coast of the Marj District
in the Cyrenaica
region of northeastern Libya
, founded by Cyrene
. It lay 200 stadia west of Ptolemais
. Today it is a coastal town 25 kilometres (16 mi) west of Marj
Founded by the Greeks and considered by some to be part of the Pentapolis
of Cyrenaica, at a later period it became a Roman
colony (Tab. Peut.), and was fortified by Justinian I
. (Procop. de Aed.
vi. 3.) Taucheira was particularly noted for the worship of Cybele
, in honour of whom an annual festival was celebrated. (Synes. Ep. 3.)
). Under the Ptolemies
it obtained the name of Arsinoe
) (Greek: Ἀρσινόη), after Arsinoe II of Egypt
, named by her brother and husband, Ptolemy Philadelphus
Later it became known as Tocra
, and then Al Quriyah
or El Agouriya
It is the same town erroneously written Τάριχα by Diodorus
(xviii. 20). It is still called Tochira.
Agouriya is the name given to the city by the deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi, in reference to the Agouri tribe. The town's largest tribe is the Barghathi tribe, who claim the town their own. There are tribal rivalries with the Abdali tribe. Both the Barghathi and Abdali tribes belong to the larger "umbrella" Agouri tribe. The renaming of the town by Gaddafi was to play on the rivalry between the two tribes. After the 17 Feb revolution, inhabitants of the town went back to the old name, Tokara.
On a relatively small scale, residents of the town grow watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, almonds, and tomatoes; but it is most famous for its figs.
- ^ 
- ^ " Al `Āqūrīyah" GeoNames
- ^ Herod. iv. 171
- ^ Hierocl. p. 732; Plin. v. 5. s. 5
- ^ Strab. xvii. p. 836; Mela, i. 8; Plin. l. c.
- ^ Cf. Della Cella, Viagg. p. 198; Pacho, Voyage, p. 184.
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