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Roman bowl from Castulo, dating to the first century AD.
For the moth genus, see Castulo (moth).

Castulo (Latin: Castulo; Iberian: Kastilo) was an Iberian town located in the Andalusian province of Jaén, in south-central Spain.[1]


Evidence of human presence since the Neolithic period has been found there. Oretans was the name of the Iberian tribe which settled in the vicinity in the north of the Guadalquivir River beginning in the sixth century BC. Of tradition, a local princess named Himilce married Hannibal and gained the alliliance of the city with the Carthaginian Empire.

In 213 BC, Castulo was the site of Hasdrubal Barca's crushing victory over the Roman army with a force of roughly 40,000 Carthaginian troops plus local Iberian mercenaries.[2] Thereafter the Romans made a pact with the residents of city — who then betrayed the Carthaginians — and the city became an foederati (ally) of Rome.

O: diademed head R: bull, crescent above, KAŚTILO retrograde below
bronze semis struck before 214 - 212 BC in Castulo

ref.: CNH p. 331, 2-3; SNG BM Spain 1223-6 [1]

Information about Christian bishops of Castulo appears in the first half of the fourth century AD through participation by its bishops in the Council of Elvira and that of Sardica. The diocese reappears two centuries later, when in 589 a bishop of Castulo, which by then was under Visigoth rule and a suffragan of Toledo, took part in the third Council of Toledo. Other bishops of Castulo were at later Visigoth councils down to the tenth Council of Toledo in 656. Thereafter, Castulo is replaced by Baeza. No longer a residential bishopric, Castulo is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.[3]Enrique Flórez,[4][5]

Castulo lost importance even more when Andalusia fell under Islamic rule in the Middle Ages, and at the same time the nearby village of Linares grew because of its strong castle — first built as an Arab fortress, then rebuilt by the Christians after the Reconquista — overlooking the city.

In 1227 the walls of Castulo were destroyed, and the town was depopulated shortly afterwards.



  1. ^ Spann, P., DARMC, R. Talbert, S. Gillies, J. Åhlfeldt, R. Warner, J. Becker, T. Elliott. "Places: 265855 (Castulo)". Pleiades. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Rome and Carthage
  3. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), page 863
  4. ^ España Sagrada, volume VII, Madrid 1751, pages 134–160
  5. ^ A. Lambert, v. Beacia, in Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie ecclésiastiques, vol. VII, 1934, coll. 79-80

Coordinates: 38°02′09″N 3°37′25″W / 38.0359°N 3.6235°W / 38.0359; -3.6235