Ongoing Research Projects on the Mid-Republican Colonies of Rome in Southern Lazio and Sabina: Fregellae, Terracina and Cascia, Villa San Silvestro

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Francesca Diosono (LMU – University Ludwig Maximilian, Munich) presents three examples between the third and second century BC from the research she is currently carrying on in central Italy.

About Fregellae, a Latin colony founded by Rome in 328 BC in the Liri valley, along the via Latina, will be discussed the relationship between urban planning and sacred landscape at the time of the colonial deduction. Moving on the coast of Southern Lazio, in Terracina, the results of the first excavation campaign that LMU conducts at the late-republican minor temple of Monte Santo Angelo are presented, and its relationship with the long history of the city, before and after the foundation of the colony in 329 BC. Finally, the development of the forum (with the temple of Hercules) and the viritan colony of Villa San Silvestro in the Apennine area, founded by Rome after the conquest of internal Sabina by Curius Dentatus in the early third century BC, is illustrated. All three examples show the complexity of the relationship between the Foundation and the design of the city, the presence of the territory and the necessary religious component, typical of the colonial dimension.

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