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Rome and EnvironsAn Archaeological Guide$
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Filippo Coarelli

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520079601

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520079601.001.0001

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City Walls

City Walls

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(p.11) City Walls
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Rome and Environs
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Filippo Coarelli

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520079601.003.0002

Based on literary sources, the construction of Rome's earliest walls was attributed to the city's penultimate king, Servius Tullius, although, according to some authors, work on this project may well have begun under his predecessor, Tarquinius Priscus. This chapter examines the reasons for building city walls. It also evaluates the construction techniques and materials used to build these walls. The chapter discusses the fortifications and restorations made for Rome's old city walls, and examines the fragments found from different places that may tell something about them. It provides detailed descriptions of the Servian and Aurelian Walls.

Keywords:   Rome, Servius Tullius, Tarquinius Priscus, city walls, fortifications, Servian Walls, Aurelian Walls

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