OT - Portus

John Sessoms jsessoms002 at nc.rr.com
Sat Oct 3 12:07:08 EDT 2009


From: Doug Brewer
> Bob W wrote:
>>> >> Cotty wrote:
>>>> >>> Hi gang,
>>>> >>>
>>>> >>> Had the privilege of a quick trip to Rome on Tues/Weds this week to 
>>>> >>> film amongst the archaeological excavations at the ancient Roman 
>>>> >>> seaport or Portus. I know Stan the Man is big on antiquity, as are 
>>>> >>> some others - Gianco! -  so thought you might like a look:
>>>> >>>
>>>> >>> <http://www.seeingeye.tv/pages/portus.html>
>>>> >>>
>>> >> You have a very cool job.
>>> >>
>>> >> I like how the Romans called their port Port
>> > 
>> > It is in a town called Ostia. I don't recall from any Latin books or
>> > histories it ever being called Portus, so I was very confused when the
>> > archaeologists described it as Rome's only port - I wondered how they could
>> > have forgotten about Ostia. A little googling sorted that out.
>> > 
>> > Bob
> 
> I was somewhat confused about that as well, having just done some study 
> of the insulae in Ostia.

Ostia was the port city of Republican Rome. The port of Ostia was small 
and had limitations due to a sand bar across the mouth of the river Tiber.

Portus was an artificial port built near Ostia during the early empire.




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