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A now unlocated settlement of Latium Vetus.



Empulum was an outlying town connected to Tibur. The Romans captured it ca. 355 B.C. It may have been a fortified site. Both Gell and Nibby discussed the site, connecting it with the locality of Ampiglione, along the road to Ciciliano in Lazio, some 35 km east of Rome. The nineteenth-century commentators remark that this fortified site has evidence of "polygonal work", i.e., polygonal masonry, executed in tuff, something that even Smith (1854) remarks upon as being unusual since polygonal masonry is typically executed in calcareous stone, notably limestone. Giovenale (1900, fig. 6) describes these walls as "polyhedric megalithic" and notes that they employ a lithoid tuff as would be expected for this part of Latium. 

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Jeffrey Becker, 'Empulum: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2021 <> [accessed: 26 September 2023]

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