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The River Harbour of Ostia Part 2

The question if Ostia possessed an harbour basin has recently been resolved positivily through drilling and geophysical research in the area between the Palazzo Imperiale and the Torre Boacciana. A deep harbour existed at least between the 4th and 2nd century BC, but it is not sure if the successive silting up led to its abandonment or if it was substituted, in the first half of the 1st century AD, by a shallower basin created in the same location. The existence in Ostia of a harbour basin, or at least a landing place, was already presumed in the 19th century, because of the evident depression in the landscape and the lack of structures, but was only proven by the investigations of the last years. The struggle of the town with the Tiber was already known to Strabo, who wrote at the beginning of the 1st century AD that “[Ostia] is harbourless on account of the silting up which is caused by the Tiber“. It results from the new data that indeed at the time the older harbour basin was already filled in naturally.

What is the earliest relationship between #Ostia and the #Tiber? More specifically, when did the Tiber shift to its…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Monday, October 30, 2017

Where did the #Tiber meet the sea before it flowed by the future site of #Ostia? Geological data suggests that the it…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Wednesday, November 1, 2017


The variations of the Tiber course strongly influenced the pattern of coastline advancement over time. Recently a team…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Wednesday, November 1, 2017


The Tiber course of the first phase of the model recently proposed by scientists may have left a depression in the area…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Friday, November 3, 2017


Why was the #Claudian harbour placed some 3 km north of #Ostia? Why not closer? The current hypothesis is that there was…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Sunday, November 5, 2017


The #harbour basin of #Claudius near #Ostia is a veritable treasure trove of natural and human-made artifacts. In the…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Monday, November 6, 2017


It’s interesting to compare the size and dimensions of the harbour basins related to Ostia, ancient and modern. Here are…

Posted by Friends of Roman Ostia – FORO on Wednesday, November 8, 2017



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