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Eastern Environs

Filippo Coarelli

in Rome and Environs

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780520079601
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935099 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520079601.003.0015
Eastern Environs

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This chapter explains that Via Latina, like Via Appia, follows very ancient routes which were established long before the creation of the celebrated highways. It notes that Via Latina originally linked Rome with the sanctuary of Mons Albanus, the center of the Latin League. Later on, Via Latina also connected Rome with Capua, running inland along the fluvial valleys of the Sacco and Liri-Garigliano. The chapter shows that Via Latina is associated with the period of the Samnite Wars. Via Praenestina derived its name from the chief city toward which it ran, and is of great antiquity. Via Labicana encompasses one of the most beautiful villas of the Roman countryside. It was the heart of one of the most important Imperial possessions, the Ad Duas Lauros. Via Tiburtina, which linked Rome with Tivoli, was more crucial both during antiquity and later, assuming strategic importance during the Samnite Wars, when the Romans began their expansion toward the east.

Keywords: Via Latina; Via Praenestina; Mons Albanus; Via Tiburtina; Sacco; Liri-Garigliano; Rome; Latin League; Capia; Via Labicana

Chapter.  7193 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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