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Re: Vespasian's Villa

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  • bruce.macbain
    Message 1 of 4 , Aug 9, 2009
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      --- In Roman_History_Books@yahoogroups.com, "Vicky Alvear Shecter" <valvear@...> wrote:
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      > I thought Vespasian came from more humble roots--or perhaps that is just
      > part of his legend. Does anyone know?
      > ..................................................
      > According to Suetonius, Vespasian's family hailed from the town of Reate (modern Rieti), about 40 miles northeast of Rome. I don't have a good enough map of the area to be able to pinpoint where this new villa is in relation to the town. The family was of humble origins. Vespasian's father and grandfather were tax farmers/bankers--not a high status occupation but a very remunerative one. So I don't doubt that the family was able to afford a very handsome estate.
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