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BLERA (mod. Bieda)

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 58 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BLERA (mod. Bieda), an ancient Etruscan town on the Via Clodia, about 32 M. N.N.W. of Rome. It was of little importance, and is only mentioned by geographers and, in inscriptions. It is situated on a long, narrow tongue of rock at the junction of two deep glens. Some remains of the town walls still exist, and also two- ancient bridges, both belonging to the Via Clodia, and many tombs hewn in the rock—small chambers imitating the architectural forms of houses, with beams and rafters represented in relief. See G, Dennis, Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria, i. 207. There was another Blera in Apulia, on the road from Venusia to Tarentum.
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