The Frentani (Greek: Φρεντανοί, Strabo, Ptolemy; Φερεντανοί, Pol., Dionys. Greek (el ελληνική γλώσσα or simply el ελληνικά — "Hellenic" is an Indo-European language, spoken today by 15-22 million people mainly Strabo ( Greek: Στράβων 63/64 BC – ca AD 24 was a Greek historian, geographer and philosopher. Claudius Ptolemaeus ( Greek: Klaúdios Ptolemaîos; after 83 &ndash ca Polybius (ca 203 &ndash 120 BC, Greek) was a Greek historian of the Hellenistic Period noted for his book called The Histories ) were an ancient people of central Italy, occupying the tract on the east coast of the peninsula from the Apennines to the Adriatic, and from the frontiers of Apulia to those of the Marrucini. Italy (Italia officially the Italian Republic, (Repubblica Italiana is located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe, and on the two largest Apulia ( Italian: Puglia) is a region in southeastern Italy bordering the Adriatic Sea in the east the Ionian Sea The Marrucini were an ancient tribe which occupied a small strip of territory around the ancient Teate (modern Chieti) on the east coast of Abruzzo, Italy They were bounded on the west by the Samnites, with whom they were closely connected, and from whom they were originally descended. Hence Scylax assigns the whole of this line of coast, from the frontiers of Apulia to those of Picenum, to the Samnites. Scylax of Caryanda was an ancient Greek explorer from Caria. He lived during the 6th century BC Picenum was a Region of ancient Roman Italy. Picenum was the birthplace of such notables as Pompey the Great and his father Pompeius Strabo (Scyl. § 15. p. 5. ) Their exact limits are less clearly defined, and there is considerable discrepancy in the statements of ancient geographers: Larinum, with its territory (extending from the Tifernus (modern Biferno) to the Frento), being by some writers termed a city of the Frentani (Ptol. Larino ( Latin: Larinum, Campobassan dialect Larìn) is a town and commune of approximately 7000 inhabitants in the Italian Region of Molise The Biferno is a river of Molise, in southern Italy. Its source is in the Comune of Bojano and during the first few kilometres iii. 1. § 65), while the more general opinion included it in Apulia, and thus made the river Tifernus (Biferno) the limit of the two countries (Pliny iii. Gaius or Caius Plinius Secundus, ( AD 23 – August 25, AD 79 better known as Pliny the Elder, was an ancient Author 12. s. 17; Mel. ii. Pomponius Mela, who wrote around AD 43, was the earliest Roman Geographer. 4. § 6). The northern boundary of the Frentani is equally uncertain; both Strabo (v. p. 242) and Ptolemy (l. c. § 19) concur in fixing it at the river Sagrus (modern Sangro), while Pliny extends their limits as far as the Aternus, and, according to Mela, they possessed the mouths both of that river and the Matrinus. The Sangro is a River in eastern central Italy, known in ancient times as Sagrus from the greek Sagros or Isagros, The Aterno-Pescara (ancient Aternus from the Greek Aternos, Ατερνος) is a River system in Abruzzo, eastern The latter statement is certainly inaccurate; and Strabo distinctly tells us, that the Marrucini held the right bank of the Aternus down to its mouth, while the Vestini possessed the left bank (v. The Vestini were an ancient Sabine tribe which occupied the area of the modern Abruzzo ( Mezzogiorno Italy included between the Gran Sasso and p. 241); hence, the former people must have intervened between the Frentani and the mouth of the Aternus. Pliny's account is, however, more near the truth than that of Strabo and Ptolemy; for it is certain that Ortona and Anxanum (modern Lanciano), both of which are situated considerably to the north of the Sagrus, were Frentanian cities. Ortona is a coastal town and Municipality of the Province of Chieti in the Italian region of Abruzzo with some 23000 inhabitants Lanciano is a town and commune in the Province of Chieti, part of the Abruzzo region of southern Italy. The latter is indeed assigned by Ptolemy to that people (iii. 1. § 65), while Strabo also terms Ortona the port or naval station of the Frentani (ἐπίνειον Φρεντανῶν, v. p. 242), but erroneously places it to the south of the river Sagrus. Hence, their confines must have approached within a few miles of the Aternus, though without actually abutting upon that river. On the west they were probably not separated from the Samnites by any well-marked natural boundary, but occupied the lower slopes of the Apennines as well as the hilly country extending from thence to the sea, while the more lofty and central ridges of the mountains were included in Samnium.
The Frentani are expressly termed by Strabo a Samnite people, and he appears to distinguish them as such from the neighbouring tribes of the Marrucini, Peligni, and Vestini, with whom they had otherwise much in common. The Paeligni or Peligni were a people of ancient Italy, first mentioned as a member of a confederacy which included the Marsi, Marrucini and (Strab. v. p. 241). They, however, appear in history as a separate people, having their own national organisation; and though they may at one time (as suggested by Niebuhr) have constituted one of the four nations of the Samnite confederacy, this seems to have been no longer the case when that power came into collision with Rome. Their conduct during the long struggle between the Samnites and Romans renders this almost certain. In 319 BCE, indeed, when their name occurs for the first time in history, they appear in arms against Rome, but were quickly defeated and reduced to submission (Liv. Events By place Macedonian Empire The Athenian orator and diplomat Demades, is sent to the Macedonian court but either ix. 16); and a few years afterwards (304 BCE), at the close of the Second Samnite War, the Frentani are mentioned, together with the Marsi, Marrucini, and Peligni, as coming forward voluntarily to sue for a treaty of alliance with Rome (Id. Events By place Greece The siege of Rhodes ends after a year as Demetrius Poliorcetes meets with obstinate resistance from the The First, Second, and Third Samnite wars, between the early Roman Republic and the tribes of Samnium, extended over half a century involving The Marsi were an ancient people of Italy, whose chief centre was Marruvium, on the eastern shore of Lake Fucinus. ix. 45), which they seem to have subsequently adhered to with steadfastness. Hence we find more than once express mention of the Frentanian auxiliaries in the war with Pyrrhus; and one of their officers, of the name of Oblacus, distinguished himself at the battle of Heracleia. Pyrrhus (318-272 BC ( Greek: Πύρρος Aιακιδης Pyrros Aiakides was one of the most successful ancient Greek generals of the Hellenistic (Dionys. Fr. Didot. xx. 2; Plut. Pyrrh. Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus ( Greek: Μέστριος Πλούταρχος c 16; Flor. i. 18. § 7). They gave a still more striking proof of fidelity during the Second Punic War, by adhering to the Roman cause after the battle of Cannae, when so many of the Italian allies, including the greater part of the Samnites, went over to Hannibal. The Second Punic War (referred to as "The War Against Hannibal" by the Romans lasted from 218 to 201 BC and involved combatants in the western For the 11th century battle in the Byzantine conquest of the Mezzogiorno, see Battle of Cannae (1018. Hannibal (Pronounced in Phoenician: Hanniba'al means " Ba'al is my grace " or " Ba'al has given me grace " 247 BC &ndash (Liv. xxii. 61; Sil. Ital. viii. Silius Italicus, in full Tiberius Catius Silius Italicus (25 or 26 - 101 was a Latin epic Poet. 521, xv. 567).
Throughout this period they appear to have been much more closely connected in their political relations with their neighbours the Marrucini, Peligni, and Vestini, than with their kinsmen the Samnites: hence, probably, it is that Polybius, in enumerating the forces of the Italian allies, classes the Frentani with the Marsi, Marrucini, and Vestini, while he reckons the Samnites separately. Polybius (ca 203 &ndash 120 BC, Greek) was a Greek historian of the Hellenistic Period noted for his book called The Histories (Pol. ii. 24. ) Notwithstanding their vaunted fidelity, the Frentani joined in the general outbreak of the Italian allies in the great Social War, 90 BCE (Appian, B. This article is about the conflict between Rome and her Italian allies between 91 and 88 BC For the Athenian conflict with its allies between 357 and 355 BC see Year 90 BC was a year of the pre-Julian calendar. Events By place Rome Consuls Lucius Julius Caesar and C. i. 39; Strab. v. p. 241): they do not, however, appear to have taken any prominent part, and we can only infer that they received the Roman franchise at the same time with the neighbouring tribes. Hence we find them mentioned by Cicero, a few years later, as sending some of their chief men ("Frentani homines nobilissimi", pro Cluent. Marcus Tullius Cicero ( Classical Latin ˈkikeroː usually ˈsɪsərəʊ in English January 3, 106 BC &ndash December 7, 43 BC was a Roman 69) to support the cause of Cluentius, a native of Larinum. Larino ( Latin: Larinum, Campobassan dialect Larìn) is a town and commune of approximately 7000 inhabitants in the Italian Region of Molise Their territory was traversed without resistance by Julius Caesar at the outbreak of the Civil War, 49 BCE (Caes. The Roman civil war of 49 BC sometimes called Caesar's Civil War, is one of the last conflicts within the Roman Republic. Year 49 BC was a year of the pre-Julian calendar. Events By place Rome Consuls Lucius Cornelius Lentulus Crus B. C. i. 23), and this is the last occasion on which their name appears in history. Their territory was comprised in the fourth region of Augustus, together with the Marrucini, Peligni, Marsi, etc. Augustus ( Latin: IMPERATOR·CAESAR·DIVI·FILIVS·AVGVSTVS September 23 63 BC – August 19 AD 14) born Gaius Octavius Thurinus, was (Plin. iii. 12. s. 17); but at a later period it appears to have been reunited to Samnium, and was placed under the authority of the governor of that province (Mommsen, ad Lib. Mommsen is a surname and may refer to one of a family of German historians see Mommsen family: Theodor Mommsen Tycho Mommsen Col. p. 206).
The territory of the Frentani is for the most part hilly, but fertile. It is traversed by numerous rivers which have their sources in the more lofty mountains of Samnium, and flow through the land of the Frentani to the Adriatic: the principal of these, besides the Tifernus which (as already mentioned) constituted the southern limit of their country, are the Trinius (modern Trigno), which, according to Pliny, had a good port at its mouth ("Flumen Trinium portuosum", Plin. The Trigno (Latin Trinius)is an 85 km Italian river It rises in the Apennine Mountains, in the Province of Isernia. iii. 12. s. 17); and the Sagrus (Sangro), a very important stream, which enters the Adriatic about half way between Histonium (modern Vasto) and Ortona. Vasto ( Greek:; Latin: Histonium, Istonium, and Histonios; formerly also Guastaymonis, Il Vasto, and Il Ortona is a coastal town and Municipality of the Province of Chieti in the Italian region of Abruzzo with some 23000 inhabitants The Tabula Peutingeriana also gives the name of a river which it places between Ortona and Anxanum, and calls Clotoris. The Tabula Peutingeriana ( Peutinger table) is an Itinerarium showing the Cursus publicus, the road network in the Roman Empire. The name is probably corrupt; but the stream meant (if its position can be depended upon) can be no other than the Moro, which falls into the Adriatic a few miles south of Ortona. The coast-line of this part of the Adriatic presents few remarkable features, and no good natural harbors. The mouths of the rivers, and the two projecting points of Termoli (Buca) and the Punta della Penna, afford the only places of anchorage. Buca is a district of İzmir Province of Turkey. It is one of the metropolitan districts of Greater İzmir.
The towns of the Frentani mentioned by ancient writers are few in number; but the topography of the district has been thrown into great confusion by the perverted zeal of certain local antiquarians, and by the reliance placed on inscriptions published by some early writers, which there is great reason to regard as forgeries. The Antichità Frentane (2 vols. 8vo. , Naples, 1809) of the Abbate Romanelli, who was a native of this part of Italy, is a very uncritical performance; but the author was led astray principally by the inscriptions and other documents put forth by Polidoro, an Italian antiquary of the eighteenth century, who appears to have had no hesitation in forging, or at least corrupting and altering them in such a manner as to suit his purpose. (Mommsen, Inscr. Regn. Neap. , Appendix, p. 30. ) Romanelli, in his later and more extensive work (Antica Topografia Istorica del Regno di Napoli, 3 vols. 4to. , Naples, 1818), simply abridged the results of his former book; and Cramer, as usual, blindly follows Romanelli. Along the sea-coast (proceeding from north to south) were situated Ortona, Histonium, and Buca. The two former may be clearly fixed, Ortona retaining its ancient name, and the ruins of Histonium being still extant at Vasto, but there is considerable difficulty in determining the site of Buca, which may however be fixed with much probability at Termoli; the arguments that have led many writers to place it at Santa Maria della Penna being based principally upon the spurious inscriptions just alluded to. The existence of a town called Interamna, supposed by Romanelli and Cramer to have occupied the site of Termoli, is derived only from the same apocryphal source; and, even were the inscription itself authentic, the Interamna there meant is probably the well-known town of the Praetntii. Termoli (local dialect Térml) is a town and commune on the Adriatic coast of Italy, in the Province of Campobasso, region of Molise (Murat. Inscr. p. 1050, no. 7; Mommsen, l. c. ) The only inland town of importance among the Frentani was Anxanum (Lanciano); but, besides this, Pliny mentions, in the interior of the country, the "Carentini supernates et infernates", and the Lanuenses; the former apparently a corruption of Caretini, and the latter are otherwise unknown, and the site of their towns cannot be fixed with any approach to certainty. Lanciano is a town and commune in the Province of Chieti, part of the Abruzzo region of southern Italy. On the other hand, the Tabula gives the name of a place called Pallanum of which no other mention occurs, but the site of which, according to Romanelli, is marked by extensive ruins at a place called Monte di Pallano, about 5 km southwest of Atessa. The kilometre ( American spelling: kilometer) symbol km is a unit of Length in the Metric system, equal to one thousand Atessa is a town in Abruzzo, Italy, administratively part of the Province of Chieti. The previous station given by the same authority is called Annum; a name probably corrupt, but the true reading for which is unknown. Annum is one form of the Latin noun meaning Year, not a form normally used for derivatives in modern languages the accusative singular (Tab. Peut. ; Geogr. Rav. iv. The Ravenna Cosmography was compiled by an anonymous cleric in Ravenna around AD 700 31. ) Uscosium, a place given in the Itinerary of Antoninus, which reckons it 15 miles from Histonium, on the road into Apulia (Itin. The Antonine Itinerary (in Latin: Antonini Itinerarium) is a register of the stations and distances along the various roads of the Roman empire, containing Ant. p. 314), is fixed by this distance at a spot near the right bank of the little river Sinarca, about 9 km southwest of Termoli, but in the territory of Guglionesi, where considerable remains of an ancient town are said to exist. Guglionesi (Campobassan dialect Uinìš) is a small town in Molise, Southern Italy, about 50 kilometers’ distance from Campobasso. (Romnanelli, vol. iii. p. 24. )
There is considerable obscurity in regard to the Roman roads through the territory of the Frentani. The name of the Via Trajana Frentana rests only on the authority of a dubious inscription; nor is there any better evidence for the fact that the construction of the high road through this district was really owing to that emperor. Marcus Ulpius Nerva Traianus, commonly known as Trajan ( September 18 53 &ndash August 9 117) was a Roman Emperor who But it is certain that an ancient road traversed the territory of the Frentani, in its whole length from Aternum to Larinum, keeping for the most part near the sea-coast, but diverging for the purpose of visiting Anxanum. The stations along it are thus given in the Itinerary of Antoninus:
Of these, Angulus or Angulum is certainly misplaced, possibly present day Città Sant'Angelo, and should have been inserted between Hadria (modern Atri) and the Aternus. Città Sant'Angelo is a town in the Province of Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy. Atri ( Greek: or; Latin: Adria, Atria, Hadria, or Hatria) is a Comune in the Province of Teramo The distance from the mouths of the Aternus at Pescara to Ortona is considerably understated, and that from Ortona to Anxanum as much overrated; but still the line of the road may be tolerably well made out, and an ancient Roman bridge, over the Sangro between Lanciano and Il Vasto, supplies a fixed point in confirmation. Tim Parks, from On the Beach Italian Style on Daily Telegraph, 6 January 2007 |The genius of Pescara The road given in the Tabula, on the contrary, strikes inland, from the mouth of the Aternus to Teate (modern Chieti), and thence to Ortona, and again between Anxanum and Histonium makes a bend inland by Annum and Pallanum. Chieti is a city in central Italy, 200 km northeast of Rome. It is the capital of the Province of Chieti in the Abruzzo region. The distances given are very confused, and in many instances probably corrupt. They stand thus:
There exist copper coins with the Oscan legend "Frentrei", which may probably be referred to the Frentani rather than to the town of Ferentum in Apulia, to which they have been assigned by some writers. Oscan, the language of the Osci, is in the Sabellic branch of the Italic language family, which is a branch of Indo-European that also includes Others are of opinion that they indicate the existence of a city of the name of Frentrum as the capital of the Frentani, which is supposed to be the one referred to by Livy (ix. 16) where he says "Frentanos vicit urbemque ipsam - in deditionem accepit", without naming the city; but this inference is, to say the least, very dubious. (Friedländer, Oskische Münzen, p. 42; Millingen, Numismatique de l'Italie, p. 180. )
The town Larinum issued coins of the 3rd century BC that bear a Latin legend "LARINOR(VM)". Larino ( Latin: Larinum, Campobassan dialect Larìn) is a town and commune of approximately 7000 inhabitants in the Italian Region of Molise The 3rd century BC started the first day of 300 BC and ended the last day of 201 BC