The Pontine Marshes

Robert Sallares

in Malaria and Rome

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780199248506
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191714634 | DOI:
The Pontine Marshes

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This chapter studies the history of the Pontine Marshes in the south of Rome in relation to malaria, for which the region was notorious until the bonifications of Mussolini. The accounts given by early modern travellers are discussed, including ancient evidence for the development of the marshes in antiquity and for the history of the Roman occupation of the area. The evidence of archaeological field surveys is also considered.

Keywords: bonifications; Mussolini; early modern travellers; field surveys

Chapter.  9226 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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