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URBS SALVIA POLLENTINORUM (Urbisaglia) Marche, Italy.

An important center in inland Picenum from which roads radiated to Tolentinum, Ricina, Pausulne, Firmum, and Falerio. Probably a rebuilding of an older community (Pollentini) by a Salvius ca. 60 B.C., it flourished under the Empire and was made a colony by the end of the 1st c. A.D. It was inscribed in the tribus Velina. It was completely destroyed by Alaric.

The city, roughly rectangular in plan, lay on a slope E of modern Urbisaglia, near the church of La Maestà. The towered walls are well preserved, 2 km in circuit, faced with brick. The ruins are impressive: an amphitheater (96.6 x 74.6 m) and theater (both recently excavated, both Flavian), baths, an aqueduct, a reservoir, and tombs. Numerous inscriptions have been recovered, some of which, together with figured aqueduct tiles, are in the Palazzo Comunale of Urbisaglia.


H. Nissen, Italische Landeskunde (1902) 2.422-23; AA 74 (1959) 196-201 (B. Andreae)PI; EAA 7 (1966) 1075 (G. Annibaldi); Atti del Convegno sui Centri Storici delle Marche (1967) 191-93MI.


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