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In the republican and early imperial periods, the right bank of the Tiber was occupied by the Ager Vaticanus (Plin. Nat. 3.53), which extended from a point facing the town of Fidenae to the north to the prata Quinctia facing the navalia, the river port, to the south (Livy 3.26.8; Plin. Nat. 18.20). From the 2nd century CE onward, sources use the toponym Vaticanum, …

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Liverani, Paolo, “Vatican”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 10 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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