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The most important Roman cities in Valencian Land until the 3rd century

Author(s): Carmen Aranegui

Journal: Catalan Historical Review
ISSN 2013-407X

Issue: 4;
Start page: 9;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Roman cities | romanisation | Valencia 2nd century BC/3rd century AD

The region of Valencia is the geographic link between southern and northern Mediterranean Iberia, between the Betis Valley and the islands of Ibiza and Formentera. Its strategic location is the reason behind the early Romanisation of Saguntum, Valentia and Ilici. They were neither large cities nor had costly monuments compared to Hispania as a whole; however, their interest lies in the fact that they display a model of integration into Roman lifestyles that preserves some traits from the local past, as can be gleaned from their reputation (see Sagunt) or their epithets (Valentia Edetanorum).
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