Sites & cities that bear the name of Caere


Today in : Italy
First trace of activity : ca. 9th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 1st century C.E
Recorded names : Kaiserie, Chaisrie, Caisri, Chaire, Caisra, Cisra, Agylla, Kyšryʼ, Chisra, Cerveteri

Description : Caere (also Caisra and Cisra) is the Latin name given by the Romans to one of the larger cities of southern Etruria, the modern Cerveteri, approximately 50-60 kilometres north-northwest of Rome. To the Etruscans it was known as Cisra, to the Greeks as Agylla and to the Phoenicians as Kyšryʼ. Caere was one of the most important and populous Etruscan city-states, in area 15 times larger than today's town, and only Tarquinia was equal in power at its height around 600 BC. Caere was also one of the cities of the Etruscan League. Its sea port and monumental sanctuary at Pyrgi was important for overseas trade. Today, the area of Cerveteri is best known for its Etruscan necropolis and archaeological treasures.

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