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(Κεντουκέλλαι; Kentoukéllai). Port constructed in AD 106/07 under Trajan on the Tyrrhenian coast of Etruria (Plin. Ep. 6,31,1); the modern Civitavecchia. A detailed description is found in Plin. and Rut. Namat. 1,237ff. Identification of C. with the city of Τραιανὸς λιμήν (Traianòs limḗn) in Ptol. 3,1,4 (between Populonia and Telamon) seems implausible. As early as the 6th cent. AD, Procopius (BG 2,7,18; 3,13,12; 4,37; cf. Agathias 1,11) describes C. as an important, populous town. C. was destroyed by Saracens in AD 812.

 Etruscans;  Etruria

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Cataudella, Michele (Florence), “Centumcellae”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 21 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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