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Ostia and the Harbour of Claudius Part 1

The harbour basin of Claudius, constructed in the second half of 1st century AD, is located about 3.5 km north of Ostia. The remains are largely hidden beneath several meters of dune sand formed during the historical aggradation of the coast line, and can therefore only be investigated through drilling, see www.ostia-foundation.org/claudius-harbour/. This is a series of posts about the “unhidden” aspects of the basin, i.e. Monte Giulio and the overland part of the northern breakwater, the Roman ships of Fiumicino and the Claudian harbour facilities of Portus.

"Monte Giulio" is a natural ridge originally located between two shallow lagoons. It is actually the remains of the…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Not far from the harbour master's office at #Portus lie the remains of the Baths of Monte Giulio, constructed in the 2nd…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Thursday, November 30, 2017


Close to the Baths of Monte Giulio at #Portus lies the Cistern of Monte Giulio (nr. 3 on the map), founded in the 2nd…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Friday, December 1, 2017


Major natural disasters in antiquity left their mark on the inner border of the Claudian Harbour, today known as Monte…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Saturday, December 2, 2017


Riccardo Francovich once said that unpublished archaeological finds fail to exist. Agree or disagree? Now for our story….

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Tuesday, December 5, 2017


We know that Monte Giulio was originally the internal margin of the harbour basin of Claudius, flanked by monumental…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Saturday, December 9, 2017


South of the Cistern of Monte Giulio at #Portus there is still visible another slipway for small boats, delimited by…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Tuesday, December 5, 2017



Continue with Part 2 of Ostia and the Harbour of Claudius

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