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AZETIUM (Rutigliano) Apulia, Italy.

From the listing of its position in the Peutinger Table, ca. 12 km SE of Caelia (modern Ceglie del Campo) on the Via Traiana leading to Egnatia, the site of the city has been recognized in the environs of modern Rutigliano. Its name is found on bronze coins from the 3d c. B.C., minted in imitation of Tarentine coins. In the itineraries the corrupt form of the name is Ezetium, while reference to the center's ethnic makeup, Aegetini, is found only in Pliny (HN 3.105) in the Roman form of the name. In a section of the modern town called Castiello the remains of megalithic walls are visible. The ruins of a Roman aqueduct may be seen near the Chapel of S. Loreazo. Numerous remains from the ancient city are in the Archaeological Museum at Bari.


W. Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, I (1856) 354 (E. H. Bunbury); RE II.2 (1896) 2642 (Hülsen); B. V. Head, Historia Numorum (1911) 45; M. Mayer, Apulien (1914) 72, 357; K. Miller, Itineraria Romana (1916) 375.


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