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December 05, 2016



An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 6 C3 Adrestae


Now Kandahar in Afghanistan, Alexandria/Alexandropolis/Cufis is an ancient site founded by Alexander the Great ca. 330 BC. The indigenous people of the Hellenistic period were likely the Pakthas.


A place name from the TAVO Index (Vol. 3, p. 1283)


A place name from the TAVO Index (Vol. 2, p. 852)

OSM location of Kandahar

Location based on OpenStreetMap

Meta Sudans

A large fountain located southwest of the Flavian Amphitheater and completed under Domitian (ca. A.D. 96). Four of Rome's Augustan regions converged at this point (I, III, IV, X); it is possible that Regio II also intersected the other four regiones at this place.

Poggio Civitate (Murlo)

An Etruscan elite complex of the seventh and sixth centuries B.C. located at Poggio Civitate, a hill adjacent to the medieval town of Murlo and about 25 km south of Siena.

Poggio Colla

An Etruscan settlement located in the Mugello valley.

Martialis Pagus

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 44 unlocated Martialis Pagus

Ancient World Online (AWOL)

LATIN PLACE NAMES found in the imprints of books printed before 1801

[First posted in AWOL 13 August 2011, updated 5 December 2016]

LATIN PLACE NAMES found in the imprints of books printed before 1801 and their vernacular equivalents in AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules) form
A note on orthography: This database was compiled from the imprint information in cataloging records of several Anglo-American research libraries. Because these records were created over a long period of time and under different standards and rules of transcription, the orthography of the place names with respect to I/J and U/V/W does not necessarily reflect what was found in the original. Therefore, the orthography is standardized in this database. I/J will always be transcribed “I”; U/V will be transcribed “V” for upper case, and “u” for lower case; “VV,” “uu,” “Vu,” etc., will be transcribed “W.”

Main entry points for names are given in the locative case, as they generally appear in the books. Other forms, if they appear in early printed books, are given as cross references.

Places whose jurisdictions have changed over time may have more than one valid AACR2 form. Second and subsequent valid forms will be preceded by an equals sign (=). In the case of identical Latin forms that refer to different modern locations, the various AACR2 forms are presented without connecting equals signs.

Main entries accompanied by an asterisk (*) have a note giving the documentation for the place name. The main sources are:
  • R.A. Peddie, Place Names in Imprints : An Index to the Latin and Other Forms Used on Title Pages (1968) [cited as: Peddie]
  • J.G.T. Graesse, F. Benedict, and H. Plechl, Orbis Latinus : Lexikon lateinischer geographischer Namen des Mittelalters und der Neuzeit (1972) [cited as: Graesse]
Additional Resources


New AMBROSIA Launched

New AMBROSIA Launched
We are pleased to announce the launch of our new union online catalogue AMBROSIA! Home to the catalogues of the Gennadius, Blegen, Wiener Laboratory, and the British School, the new Ambrosia is simpler and easier to use.
New features include the ability to limit your search to books or journals only in a general keyword search. 

One can conduct a more advanced search by author, title, series, subject, publication date, publication place and more. 

Users can even simply browse through the titles.

Each catalogue can be both searched through and browsed through independently.

Our favorite updated feature is the inventory of new books added to the collection, listed month by month. 

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An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 44 G3 Terravecchia


Fagifulae was a center of the Pentrian Samnites.

Ligures Corneliani?

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 45 B2 Ligures Corneliani?

Monte S. Giovanni

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 45 A1 Monte S. Giovanni

Taurasinus? Ager

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 44 G3 Taurasinus? Ager

Lucanus? Ager

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 44 F2 Lucanus? Ager


An ancient Samnite city located in the valley of the Calor river.

OSM location of Roman amphitheater

Location based on OpenStreetMap


An Imperial villa excavated by A. Maiuri in the 1930s, Damecuta was connected to the Iulio-Claudian emperors. The construction of later Medieval and Bourbon fortifications on the site significantly damaged the ancient remains. The Medieval Damecuta tower stands atop part of the Roman villa.


An ancient city of Campania located near the mouth of the Volturnus river; a Roman colony was established at Liternum in 194 BC. The site is most famous as the location of the villa of Scipio Africanus, as described by Seneca.


Settlement on the island of Capreae.

Capreae (island)

An island of the Bay of Naples off the Sorrentine Peninsula that has, since the time of the Roman Republic, been a popular seaside resort area. The emperor Tiberius maintained twelve villas on the island.

Palazzo a Mare

The site of one of the twelve villas of Tiberius, and perhaps the largest, on the island of Capreae.


An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 44 F4 Misenum


Minori is the site of a major villa located on the Amalfi coast, some 11 km WSW of Salerno. Destroyed by a possible landslide, the villa was in use from the Iulio-Claudian period through to the Flavian period.


A Samnite settlement at the margins of Campania.

Capo di Sorrento

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 44 F4 Capo di Sorrento


Beneventum/Maleventum (modern Benevento) was an ancient city of Campania of Samnite origin.


A Roman seaside community on the Bay of Naples that included thermal springs.


An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 44 F4 Surrentum


The city of Nola (Nuvlana) is considered one of the oldest in Campania. Under Augustus the settlement became a Roman colony; it was the spot where Augustus died in A.D. 14.

Cumae/Kyme (Campanian)

An ancient settlement of Campania, Cumae was the first Greek colony established on the Italian mainland in the eighth century BC.

Ancient World Online (AWOL)

Open Access Journal: The Societas Magica Newsletter

[First posted in AWOL 14 December 2011, updated 5 December 2016]

The Societas Magica Newsletter
The Societas Magica is an organization dedicated to furthering communication and exchange among scholars interested in the study of magic, both in the positive contexts of its expression as an area of necessary knowledge or religious practice (as in early modern occultism and contemporary paganism), and in its negative contexts as the substance of an accusation or condemnation (as in sorcery trials, and many philosophical and theological accounts, both early and late). The interests of our membership include, but are not limited to, the history and sociology of magic; theological, and intellectual apprehensions of magic; practices and theories of magic; and objects, artifacts and texts either qualified as magical by their creators, or forming the substance of an accusation of magic by others.

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Women, Ritual, Power, and Mysticism in the Testament of Job
Rebecca Lesses
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Ciphers and Secrecy Among the Alchemists: A Preliminary Report
Agnieszka Rec
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Warding Off Doom in Mesopotamia and the Bible
Marian Broida
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Objects as Demonic Subjects in Spiritual Warfare Handbooks
Sean McCloud

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A Report on Current Magical and Esoteric Blogs
Laura Mitchell
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Bewitched in their privities: Medical Responses to Infertility Witchcraft in Early Modern England
Jennifer Evans
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Purification in the Papyrae Graecae Magicae
Jonathan Shen
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Magic as the Basis for Social Cohesion in pre-Islamic Mesopotamia
Siam Bhayro
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Some Observations on Jewish Love Magic: The Importance of Cultural Specificity
Ortal-Paz Saar
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Clerical Magic in Icelandic Folklore
Thomas B. de Mayo
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Developing a Curriculum on the History of Esotericism and Magic in Colombia
Johann F.W. Hasler
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Magical Letters, Mystical Planets: Magic, Theosophy, and Astrology in the Sefer Yetsirah and two of its Tenth-century Commentaries
Marla Segol
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Theses de magia
Marco Pasi
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Up on the Roof: Understanding an Anglo-Saxon Healing Practice
K. A. Laity
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The Key of Solomon: Toward a Typology of the Manuscripts
Robert Mathiesen
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Real, Apparent and Illusory Necromancy: Lamp Experiments and Historical Perceptions of Experimental Knowledge
Robert Goulding
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“Pictures passing before the mind’s eye”: the Tarot, the Order of the Golden Dawn, and William Butler Yeats’s Poetry
Anke Timmermann
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Approaches To Teaching the History, Practice, and Material Culture of Magic: A Roundtable on Pedagogy
Amelia Carr
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Magic and Impotence in the Middle Ages
Catherine Rider
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What is and is not Magic: the case of Anglo-Saxon Prognostics
Roy M. Liuzza
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Islamic Magical Texts vs. Magical Artefacts
Emilie Savage-Smith
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A Magic All Its Own
Michael D. Swartz
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John of Morigny's Liber Visionum and a Royal Prayer Book from Poland
Claire Fanger and Benedek Láng
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Images of Desire
Geoffrey McVey
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Magic in the Cloister
Sophie Page
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Encounters with Amulets
Peter Murray Jones
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Issue on Pedagogy
Carol Menning
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The Warburg Institute: History and Current Activities
Will F. Ryan
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Sessions and Papers on magic at Kalamazoo
Claire Fanger
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A Report on Recent Work on Charms
Lea Olson
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Introduction of Societas Magica Newsletter
Richard Kieckhefer



An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 45 A1 Gereonium?

OSM location

Location based on OpenStreetMap

Parthenion (mountain)

A mountain in the Peloponnese (between Tegea and Argos) mentioned by Strabo. Its precise location has not been determined by modern scholarship.

OSM location of Tempio Grande

A major urban sanctuary at Vulci with a long period of use, stretching from the archaic period into the Roman period. Location based on OpenStreetMap.

Tempio Grande at Vulci

A major urban sanctuary at Vulci with a long period of use, stretching from the archaic period into the Roman period.

S. Giovanni in Galdo

Site of a small Samnitic sanctuary atop Colle Rimontato (709 m. a.s.l.)

Cività di Bagno

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 42 E4 Cività di Bagno


An ancient settlement in the Abruzzo mentioned by Polybius in the account of the Battle of Geronium during the Second Punic War.


An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 42 F4 *Incerulae

Colle Mitra

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 44 E1 Colle Mitra


An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 44 D2 unnamed canal (from Fucinus L., near Pitonia?)


A Hernican hill town that formed part of a sixth century B.C. defensive league against Volscian and Samnite aggression and allied itself to Tarquinius Superbus. Rome eventually took Aletrium in 306 B.C.; by the first century B.C. the site was a Roman municipium.


A Volscian center that Rome reportedly destroyed in the late fourth century B.C.


Fregellae was a city of Latium Adjectum that became a Roman colony in 328 B.C., but was subsequently captured by the Samnites; a Roman presence was re-established in 313 B.C. Loyal to Rome during the Second Punic War, Fregellae revolted in 125 B.C. and the site was razed.

Fabrateria Nova

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 44 E2 Fabrateria Nova


Verulae is an ancient city that became a Roman municipium in 90 B.C.


Frusino (modern Frosinone) was a town in Latium along the Via Latina that was originally a Volscian settlement.


An ancient grotto, associated with the nearby Villa Tiberii, at the modern Italian town of Sperlonga.

December 04, 2016



Marica, an Italic goddess, was worshipped in a sacred grove located between Minturnae and the estuary of the Liris river.


An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 44 E2 Vicalvi

Lago di Paola

A villa of the emperor Domitian located in the area of Circeii.

S. Valentino

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 42 D4 S. Valentino

Villa Tiberii

A coastal villa associated with the Roman emperor Tiberius.