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SULCI

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Originally appearing in Volume V26, Page 52 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SULCI, an ancient town (mod. S. Antioco), situated on the east coast of an island on the south-west of Sardinia. The date of its foundationis not known, but it is certainly of Carthaginian origin. The assumption that it was originally an Egyptian colony is not justified. Its walls, of large rectangular blocks of stone, can be traced for a circuit of upwards of a mile: it extended to the low ground on the shore near the modern cemetery, where a dedicatory inscription set up by the people of Sulci in honour of Hadrian in A.D. 128 was found (F. Vivanet in Notizie degli Scavi, 1897, 407). Various discoveries have been made within the circuit, both of Phoenician and of Roman antiquities, including several statues2 and inscriptions and many smaller objects, gems, &c., but at present few traces of ancient buildings are left, owing to their continued destruction in medieval and modern times. A cistern of fine masonry, perhaps dating from the Punic period, 2 A statue of Drusus, the brother of Tiberius (?) was found in 1908.
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