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Fescennia was an ancient city of Etruscan origin, which is probably to be placed immediately to the north of the modern Corchiano, c. 10 km miles north west of Civita Castellana, in what is now central Italy. The Via Amerina traverses it. At the Riserva S. Silvestro, walls exist. At Corchiano itself, however, similar walls may be traced, and the site is a strong and characteristic triangle between two deep ravines, with the third (west) side cut off by a ditch. Here, too, remains of two bridges may be seen, and several rich tombs have been excavated.

The phrase Fescennine Verses refers to a certain kind of drinking song popular at festivals in Rome and elsewhere, said to have come from Fescennia.


This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain.

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From LoveToKnow 1911

FESCENNIA, an ancient city of Etruria, which is probably to be placed immediately to the N. of the modern Corchiano, 6 m. N.W. of Civita Castellana (see Falerii). The Via Amerina traverses it. G. Dennis (Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria, London, 1883, i. 115 proposed to place it at the Riserva S. Silvestro, 3 m. E. of Corchiano, nearer the Tiber, where remains of Etruscan walls exist. At Corchiano itself, however, similar walls may be traced, and the site is a strong and characteristic one - a triangle between two deep ravines, with the third (west) side cut off by a ditch. Here, too, remains of two bridges may be seen, and several rich tombs have been excavated.

See A. Buglione, "Conte di Monale," in Romische Mitteilungen (1887), p. 21 seq.


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