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MELPUM a city of Cisalpine Gaul, of which the only record preserved to us is that of its capture and destruction by the combined forces of the Insubrians, Boians, and Senones, which took place according to Cornelius Nepos on the same day with the taking of Veii by Camillus, B. C 396 (Corn. Nep. ap. Plin. 3.17. s. 21). He calls it a very wealthy city ( “opulentia praecipuum” ), and it therefore seems to have been one of the principal of the Etruscan settlements in this part of Italy. All trace of it subsequently disappears, and its site is a matter of mere conjecture.


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