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Definition of UTICA
city E cen New York on Mohawk River pop 62,235
ancient city N Africa on Mediterranean coast NW of Carthage
Ancient Phoenician settlement, North Africa. Considered the oldest Phoenician settlement in North Africa (founded c. 8th century BC), it was located in what is now Tunisia, north of Tunis. It grew rapidly and was second in importance only to Carthage. Made the capital of the Roman province of Africa after the Third Punic War (149–146 BC), it later declined after the emperor Augustus rebuilt Carthage. Excavations have uncovered Phoenician graves dating from the 8th century BC and a substantial residential section of the Roman city.