AUFIDENA , an
See also:ancient city of the
See also:Samnites Caraceni, the site of which is just
See also:north of the
See also:modern Alfedena,' Italy, a station on the railway between
See also:Sulmona and Isernia, 37 M. from the latter . Its remains are fully and accurately described by L . Mariani in Monumenti dei Lincei (1901), 225 seq.: cf . Notizie degli scavi, 1901, 442 seq.; 1902, 516 seq . The ancient city occupied two hills, both over 3800 ft. above
See also:sea-level (in the valley between were found the supposed remains of the later forum), and the walls, of rough Cyclopean
See also:work, were over a mile in ' Two churches here contain paintings of
See also:interest in the
See also:history of Abruzzese
See also:art, and one of them, the Madonna del Campo, contained fragments of a
See also:temple of considerable
See also:size .
See also:AUGEREAU length . A fortified outpost
See also:lay on a still higher
See also:hill to the north . Not very much is as yet known of the city itself (though one public
See also:building of the 5th century B.C. was excavated in 'Igor, and a small sanctuary in 1902),
See also:attention having been chiefly devoted to the
See also:necropolis which lay below it; 1400 tombs had already been examined in 1908, though this number is conjectured to be only a sixteenth of the whole . They are all inhumation burials, of the advanced iron age, and date from the 7th to the 4th century B.C., falling into three classes—those without
See also:coffin, those with a coffin formed of
See also:stone slabs, and those with a coffin formed of tiles . The
See also:objects discovered are preserved in a museum on the spot . In the
See also:period we find Aufidena figuring as a
See also:post station on the road between Sulmo and
See also:Aesernia, which, however, runs past
See also:Castel di Sangro,
See also:crossing the
See also:river by an ancient
See also:bridge some 5 M. to the north-east . Castel di Sangro has remains of ancient walls, but these are attributed to a road by Mariani, and in any case the fortified
See also:area there was quite small, only one-sixteenth the size of Aufidena .
See also:identification of Castel di Sangro with Aufidena must therefore be 'rejected, though we must allow that it was probably the Roman post station; the ancient city, since its capture by the Romans in the 3rd century B.C., having lost something of its importance . (T .
GRAF VON ANTON ALEXANDER AUERSPERG (18(36-1876)
AUGEAS, or AUGEIAS
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