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When we look at archaeological sites throughout the Mediterranean, Ostia Antica best represents what imperial Rome looked like. Walking through Ostia is like walking through a miniature, industrialized Rome. At the same time, the city had unique features in its role as the “warehouse” and “clearing house” of Rome.

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Cite this page as: Darius Arya, The American Institute for Roman Culture, “Ostia, Italy (Ostia Antica) – Chapter 2: The Significance of the Site/Rome’s Reflection” Ancient Rome Live. Last modified 08/28/2020.


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