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Alternative namePerugia
LocationComune di Perugia, Italy
Coordinates 43°6′42.0906″N12°23′26.1384″E / 43.111691833°N 12.390594000°E / 43.111691833; 12.390594000
Periods Orientalizing period - Roman empire
Cultures Etruscan Umbrian Roman
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The ancient Perusia, now Perugia, first appears in history as one of the 12 confederate cities of Etruria. It is first mentioned in the account of the war of 310 or 309 BC between the Etruscans and the Romans. It took, however, an important part in the rebellion of 295 BC and was reduced, with Vulsinii and Arretium (Arezzo), to seek for peace in the following year. [1]

Perugia Comune in Umbria, Italy

Perugia is the capital city of both the region of Umbria in central Italy, crossed by the river Tiber, and of the province of Perugia. The city is located about 164 kilometres north of Rome and 148 km southeast of Florence. It covers a high hilltop and part of the valleys around the area. The region of Umbria is bordered by Tuscany, Lazio, and Marche.

Etruria region of Central Italy

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Roman Republic Period of ancient Roman civilization (509–27 BC)

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It seems the city was in the Antonii's clientela since this period, as it was said by historians during imperial times.[ original research? ]

In 216 BC and 205 BC it assisted Rome in the Hannibalic war, but afterward it is not mentioned until 41–40 BC, when Lucius Antonius took refuge there and was reduced by Octavian after a long siege. [1] Some of the refugees ran away towards Gaul to escape Octavian. A local history said they were the founders of Perouges en Dauphiné Province (France).

Second Punic War second war between the Roman Republic and Carthage, fought between 218 and 201 BCE

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Augustus Princeps Civitatis

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A number of lead bullets used by slingers have been found in and around the city. [2] [3] The city was burnt, we are told, with the exception of the temples of Vulcan and Juno the massive Etruscan terrace-walls, naturally, can hardly have suffered at all and the town, with the territory for a mile round, was allowed to be occupied by whoever chose. It must have been rebuilt almost at once, for several bases exist, inscribed Augusta sacr(um) Perusia restituta; but, as we have seen, it did not become a colony until AD 251–253. [1] [4]

Vulcan (mythology) Ancient Roman god of fire, volcanoes, and metalworking

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Etruscan civilization Pre-Roman civilization of ancient Italy

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Etruscan Arch

The Etruscan Arch or Arch of Augustus or Augustus Gate is one of eight gates in the Etruscan wall of Perusia, known today as Perugia. It is one of the only two surviving gates along with the Porta Marzia to the south. It was constructed in the second half of the 3rd century BC and was restored by Augustus in 40 BC after his victory in the Perusine War. Representing the best surviving and most monumental of the Etruscan city gates it opens on to the cardo maximus of the city, corresponding to the modern Ulisse Rocchi Road.

The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Perugia in the Umbria region of Italy.


  1. 1 2 3 Wikisource-logo.svg One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain : Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Perugia". Encyclopædia Britannica . 21 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 278–279.
  2. CIL xi.1212
  3. Lawrence Keppie (4 January 2002). The Making of the Roman Army: From Republic to Empire. Routledge. pp. 108–. ISBN   978-1-134-74603-3.
  4. Augusta Perusia: Rivista di topografia, arte e costume dell'Umbria. 1908.

Coordinates: 43°6′42.0906″N12°23′26.1384″E / 43.111691833°N 12.390594000°E / 43.111691833; 12.390594000

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