The city of Rome
(670 words)

The most striking topographical feature of Rome at first glance at this map is its riparian location. This guarantees water in abundance – an advantage which might rapidly have become a disadvantage had not nearby heights (spurs of a tufa plateau) provided refuge. And indeed, these were the first sites of settlement. However, the particular advantage of the location was neither water nor protection from it. It was the position on an important trade route …

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Winkle, C., “The city of Rome”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World, English edition by Christine Salazar (2010). Original German-language edition: Historischer Atlas der antiken Welt. Herausgegeben von Anne-Maria Wittke,Eckhart Olshausen und Richard Szydlak. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 3. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2007). Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241

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