One of the twelve cities of Etruria, and very ancient. It lies northwest of Lake
Trasimenus, over which it looks from an elevation of some 2000 feet. It has mighty walls of
Pelasgic origin, among the most remarkable in Italy, one fragment composed of enormous blocks
being 120 feet in length. The city is said to have been founded by the Umbri (q. v.), from
whom it was wrested by the Etruscans. After becoming a Roman possession it sank into
insiguificance. A vast number of most interesting Etruscan remains have been found here, and
are carefully preserved in the local museum. Roman tradition made Corythus, the father of
Dardanus, the founder of the town, and Corythus is sometimes given as its early name.