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  Theatrum Mogontiacensium with a Regional Express
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Ever since 1884, when this railway line was built, it has been known that the ancient Romans had something at this site. But exactly what it was, and how big, has only gradually become evident, especially in the last five years of systematic excavation.

Mogontiacum was the Roman name for what is now Mainz and vicinity, and it was important to them particularly as a strategic location because of the confluence of the Main and Rhine Rivers.

In the 11th century, a historian named Gozwin wrote: "Hoc etiam astruunt adhuc superstites theatri ruinae, quod Romano more ad ludos circenses et theatrica spectacula constructum est".

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Website: http://www.theatrum-mainz.de/ (in German)

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  • Written Sep 19, 2004
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