Sites & cities that bear the name of Aquileia


Today in : Italy
First trace of activity : 180 B.C.E
Last trace of activity : today
Recorded names : Aquilee, Acuilee, Olea, Olee, Aquiłeja, Aquiłegia

Description : Aquileia (Italian: ; Friulian: Olee / Olea / Acuilee / Aquilee / Aquilea; Venetian: Aquiłeja / Aquiłegia) is an ancient Roman city in Italy, at the head of the Adriatic at the edge of the lagoons, about 10 kilometres (6 mi) from the sea, on the river Natiso (modern Natisone), the course of which has changed somewhat since Roman times. Today, the city is small (about 3,500 inhabitants), but it was large and prominent in classical antiquity as one of the world's largest cities with a population of 100,000 in the 2nd century AD. and is one of the main archaeological sites of northern Italy. In late antiquity the city was the first city in the Italian Peninsula to be sacked by Attila the Hun.

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