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ALVARO DE LUNA (d. 1453)

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Originally appearing in Volume V17, Page 123 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ALVARO DE LUNA (d. 1453), Constable of Castile, Grand though traversed by the coast road (Via Aurelia), and it was renowned for the marble from the neighbouring mountains of Carrara, which bore the name of Luna marble. Pliny speaks of the quarries as only recently discovered in his day. Good wine was also produced. There are some remains of the Roman period on the site, and a theatre and an amphitheatre may be distinguished. No Etruscan remains have come to light. 0. Cuntz's investigations (Jahreshefte des Osterr. Arch. Instituts, 1904, 46) seem to lead to the conclusion that an ancient road crossed the Apennines from it, following the line of the modern road (more or less that of the modern railway from Sarzana to Parma), and dividing near Pontremoli, one branch going to Borgotaro, Veleia and Placentia, and the other over the Cisa pass to Forum Novum (Fornovo) and Parma. The town was destroyed by the Arabs in Io,6, and the episcopal see transferred to Sarzana in 1204. See G. Dennis, Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria (London, 1883), ii. 63. (T. As.)
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