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ANTICARIA (Antequera) Málaga, Spain.

Town 62 km N of Málaga, built over a megalithic cultural center. The Roman town is documented in the Antonine Itinerary, 412.2, and by the Ravenna Cosmographer, 316.1 and 18. The nucleus of Roman Anticaria was probably under the mediaeval castle.

A building E of the present city, beyond the megalithic caves, has a wall of blind arches 54 m long, 2.8 m high, and ca. 1.5 m thick, closely connected to a rectangular enclosure of the same length and 8 m wide by 2.8 m deep. This was probably a villa rather than a bath because of its distance from the urban center; mosaic fragments have been found. Sculptural and epigraphic material and metal work found in the area is in the municipal museum, notably a portrait of Drusus Maior and two busts, of a man and a woman, of the Antonine period.


S. Giménez Reyna & A. García y Bellido, “Antigüedades romanas de Antequera,” ArchEspArq 21 (1948) 48-66MPI; A. de Luque, “Arqueología antequerana,” XI Congreso Nacional de Ainqueclogía, Mérida, 1968 (1970) 557-67MI.


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