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CAELIA (Ceglie Messapica) Apulia, Italy.

An ancient center of Messapia mentioned by Pliny (HN 3.101) together with Lupine and Brundisium. Its name is preserved in that of the modern town, where remains of megalithic walls break the surface of the ground. The inscriptions in the Messapian language from the necropoleis are notable and the rich funerary material from numerous tombs, dating for the most part from the 4th-3d c. B.C. The trozzella, a vase typical of the Messapian area, predominates. Archaeological material from the site is in the museums at Taranto and at Brindisi.


W. Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, I (1856) 465 (E. H. Bunbury); RE III.1 (1897) 1251 (Hülsen); M. Mayer, Apulien (1914) 75; O. Parlangeli, Studi di Messapici (1960) 77.


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    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 3.11
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