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Under the ruins of the Baths of Trajan in Rome, a group of archaeologists found 
in 1998 a large fresco. Despite its deplorable state, a result of moisture and 
water leaks, the painting clearly showed the representation of a city. Years 
later the news reached the Spanish archaeologist Ángel Ventura, professor at 
the University of Cordoba, who took on the difficult challenge of determining 
which city of ancient Rome it could be. He checked a large amount of textual 
sources and compared the painting with images of the major Mediterranean port 
cities of that time. After an exhaustive work, he concluded that the 'cittá 
dipinta' was Gades, the Roman Cadiz (Andalusia, Spain).

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Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2011 06:09:25 +0000
Subject: Terrae Antiqvae Revista de Arqueología e Historia

Terrae Antiqvae

Terrae Antiqvae Revista de Arqueología e Historia

Gades, la ciudad pintada

Posted: 23 Dec 2011 02:16 AM PST
Bajo los restos de las termas de Trajano, en Roma, un grupo de arqueólogos 
halló en 1998 un fresco de gran tamaño. A pesar de su deplorable estado, 
resultado de la humedad y las filtraciones de agua, la pintura mostraba 
claramente la representación de una ciudad con mar. Años después la noticia 
llegó a oídos…

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