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Curiosities of ancient Rome (Places)

The world of ancient Romans abounded in a number of amazing curiosities and information. The source of knowledge about the life of the Romans are mainly works left to us by ancient writers or discoveries. The Romans left behind a lot of strange information and facts that are sometimes hard to believe.

Roman basilica in London

The three-story basilica built by the Romans in Londinium, distant from the capital of the Empire, was the largest structure of this type located north of the Alps. Constructed in 70 CE, enlarged in the years 90-120, it was the seat of the then city authorities, administration, treasury, temples and courts.

The cellars of the barbershop with the visible foundations of the Roman  basilica

Villa of the Quintilii on Via Appia

Villa of the Quintilii on Via Appia (in Rome) was built by consuls from 151 CE – brothers Sextus Quintilius Valerius Maximus and Sextus Quintilius Condianus. The impressive remains of this suburban villa (villa suburbana) have survived to this day.

Villa Quintilius on Via Appia

Rhapta – ancient market in south-east Africa

In the famous “Periplus of the Erythraean Sea”1 – a manuscript from the turn of the 1st century CE, which served merchants navigating the waters between East Africa and India – we can find a place called “Rhapta”, which is described as “the last marketplace of Azania” and was located two days south of the so-called Menouthias Islands (it is suspected that it could have been Zanzibar, Mafia or Pemba).

Map based on the Periplus of the Eritrean Sea

Isca Augusta – Roman remains in Caerleon

Isca Augusta was a Roman fort and urban centre, whose remains are located nearby or in Caerleon, in South Wales. This is where the II Augustus legion camped, which took part in the invasion of Claudius in 43 CE. It was one of three permanent Roman camps in Britain that survived until the late Empire.

Roman Amphitheater in Caerleon

Amphitheater in Pollenzo

Roman amphitheater in Pollenzo (Roman city Pollentia) no longer exists. However, the houses built on its foundations perfectly reflect its range and appearance.

Pollenzo Amphitheater

Baiae – Roman city under water

Baiae was a fashionable Roman spa with magnificent villas, including those of Caesar and Nero, near the present city of Naples. The greater part of the ancient city is, however, due to volcanic activity under the waters of the Bay of Naples. The region is very seismically active.

Roman mosaic located under the water in Baiae

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