Casilinum


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Casilinum

(kăsĭlī`nəm), ancient town, Campania, S Italy, 18 mi (29 km) N of present-day Naples. It probably was founded (c.600 B.C.) by the Etruscans. It was captured (215 B.C.) from Carthage by the Romans and served as a base of operations against CapuaCapua
, town (1991 pop. 18,845), Campania, S Italy, on the Volturno River. It is an agricultural center and occupies the site of ancient Casilinum. Ancient Capua, situated 3 mi (4.8 km) to the southeast, where Santa Maria Capua Vetere (1991 pop.
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. Under the Romans it was an important military station controlling the bridge of the Appian Way over the Volturno River. It seems to have been united with Capua by the middle of the 1st cent. A.D. It was destroyed by the Saracens in the 9th cent. A.D.
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