The city derives its name from that of a spring in the Roman village. The contemporary coat of arms of the city of NÃ®mes includes a crocodile chained to a palm tree with the inscription COL NEM, for Colonia Nemausus, meaning the "colony" or "settlement" of Nemausus, the local Celtic god of the Volcae Arecomici. Veterans of the Roman legions who had served Julius Caesar in his Nile campaigns, at the end of fifteen years of soldiering, were given plots of land to cultivate on the plain of NÃ®mes. The city was located on the Via Domitia, a Roman road constructed in 118 BC which connected Italy with Spain. Its name appears in inscriptions in Gaulish as dede matrebo Namausikabo = "he has given to the mothers of NÃ®mes" and "toutios Namausatis" = "citizen of NÃ®mes"