Seville City - Fascinating Fact 4
4) ROMAN SEVILLE
No fewer than three Roman emperors were born just outside Seville. The Romans first arrived in Spain in 206BC, during a war against the Carthaginians, and stayed for 700 years battling the fierce Iberian tribes. Baetica, the name for roughly the same area as Andalucia, became one of Rome´s wealthiest provinces.
Founded by General Scipio Africanus to house wounded soldiers after a battle nearby, Italica, in the modern-day town of Santiponce (8km from Seville), was the first Roman city in Spain and grew to be the third-largest in the Empire, with a population of almost half a million.
It was here that three Roman rulers were born: in the second century, Trajan, and his adopted son and successor Hadrian (who built the famous wall in northern England), while a less well-known son is Theodosius, who ruled in the fourth century, in the dying days of the Roman Empire.
Seville City - More Fascinating Facts
- Fact 1 - Sevillano pride and predudice.
- Fact 2 - Sevilla on the sliver screen.
- Fact 3 - Anyone for tapas?
- Fact 4 - Three Roman emperors were born just outside Seville.
- Fact 5 - Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition in Seville.
- Fact 6 - Seville's sign of the times.
- Fact 7 - The Cathedral-Colombus controversy.
- Fact 8 - The six bridges of Seville's Expo.
- Fact 9 - Oranges and Lemons.
- Fact 10 - Two faces of Seville.
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