Classical Sites in Le Marche continued

Senigallia, according to its history by Marinella Bonvini Mazzanti (Urbino, Quattro Venti,  1998), was either occupied or founded by the Gauls sometime in the fifth or fourth century BC. It was then turned into a Roman colony in 290-280 BC. Although the intention of the Romans was to obliterate all traces of the Gauls, they clearly didn’t succeed, as  Mazzanti remarks that many words of Gallic derivation still form part of the local dialect. (Annoyingly, she doesn’t list any of them.)  Apparently, many of the soldiers who defeated Hasdrubal in the battle of the Metaurus (see previous blog) came from Senigallia. In 82 BC the city was sacked by Pompey the Great, who was then Sulla‘s general,  as a punishment for having sided with Sulla’s enemy Marius. In 42 BC  Roman veterans were settled on Senigallese territory.

After that Senigallia disappears from classical history until 365 AD, when the emperors Valentinianus and Valens promulgated a joint decree there, forbidding the construction of new buildings but urging the inhabitants of Roman municipia to repair their old town buildings.

Views of Senigallia. From top left clockwise: ...

Views of Senigallia. From top left clockwise: Foro “Annonario” Rocca “Roveresca”, or “Rocca di Senigallia” Night view of the seaside from the “Rotonda a Mare” “Rotonda a Mare” Portici “Ercolani” View of Senigallia from “Scapezzano”, a small town in the hills near Senigallia Sunset view of the beach Convento di “Santa Maria delle Grazie” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

About An Englishwoman in Italy

I have a holiday home in Corinaldo in the province of Ancona in the Marche region of Italy. I have been going there since 1993 and would like to share my love and experience of the area. I speak Italian. Ho una casa di villeggiatura a Corinaldo nella provincia di Ancona, Regione Marche. Frequento Corinaldo da 1993 e desidero condividere i miei affetto e esperienza della zona con gli altri. Gli italiani sono sinceramente invitati a correggere gli sbagli.
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