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date: 08 December 2019

Rusellae [It. Roselle]locked

  • Marco Rendeli

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[It. Roselle]

Site of an Etruscan city c. 10 km from Grosseto, Italy. It is situated on two elevated points, once an island in the shallow gulf that became, in Roman times, the salt-water Lake Prilius and later degenerated into malarial swamps, drained and cultivated in modern times. The settlement dates back to the 9th century bc, although there are few remains of the city before the 6th century bc, by which time a city wall of crude brickwork on stone foundations had apparently been constructed (see Etruscan §II 4.). In the second half of the 6th century bc a new, more substantial wall of irregular but firmly jointed blocks was erected, and there is evidence that the town had become a specialized manufacturing centre. Rusellae’s development seems to have been at the expense of nearby Vetulonia. Rusellae continued to prosper in the Classical and Hellenistic periods, although it appears to have expanded less than other major Etruscan cities. During the ...

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