Birthplace of emperor unearthed

Editorial Staff
September 10, 2009

In early August, a group of Italian and British archaeologists reported the discovery of a large country villa believed to be the birthplace of Vespasian, the Roman emperor who built the Coliseum. The ruins, which date back 2,000 years, were found near Cittareale,130 kilometers northeast of Rome, at the center of Falacrine, the ancient village where Vespasian was born. The excavation, which has been underway for four years, also turned up other important ruins, including an ancient necropolis.


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